Public Services

25 January 2006
Article
During the past two decades most countries, both in the South and in the North, have experienced the contradictory but evident social, economic, political and environmental impacts of structural reforms based on the privatisation and deregulation of public services. The effects of these reforms on the living conditions of the most vulnerable social sectors are central concerns of development practitioners, academic analysts and social and political activists. While the advocates of privatisation and deregulation argue that the overwhelming majority of market-centred reforms have succeeded, its critics retort that such reforms have not improved the socio-economic welfare of the majority of the population. The TNI Public Services Project aims at contributing to the clarification of the debate through concrete analysis of the impacts and the institutional framework of reforms implemented in different regions of the world, and a discussion of the lessons to be learned from reforms aimed at the improvement of public policy from a people-driven perspective.