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Shrinking the State
The Political Underpinnings of Privatization

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  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521630801

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  • Privatization has spread worldwide during the 1980s and 1990s, reshaping the balance between state and market in many countries. This book provides a comparative political analysis of privatization in the UK, United States and France. The authors argue that privatization is a political phenomenon and should be analyzed as such, rather than as an economic response to the growth of the state and the cost of state provision. The book will be of interest to students of politics, economics, public policy and business studies, as well as to policy-makers and business consultants.

    • Concise, accessible account of the reasons for privatization programmes in three major countries: the US, UK and France
    • Views privatization as a political phenomenon, rather than a purely economic one. Looks at the ideologies of the privatizers
    • Few other books take such a broad comparative view, across industries and countries. Of great relevance to developments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
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    "...Shrinking the State will stand as a model of the way careful comparative theoretical and empirical work can shed new light on an important contemporary debate, and cut through the easy assumptions of conventional thinking. It will be of interest to students and scholars in politics, economics, and a number of other social sciences, and will be required reading in my graduate comparative politics seminar." Review of Radical Political Economics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521630801
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Privatization and theories of state growth
    2. The political underpinnings of privatization
    3. The UK: from pragmatic to systemic privatization
    4. France: from pragmatic to tactical privatization
    5. The United States: the co-optation of pragmatic initiatives by agents of systemic change
    6. The boundaries of privatization.

  • Authors

    Harvey Feigenbaum, George Washington University, Washington DC

    Jeffrey Henig, Georgetown University, Washington DC

    Chris Hamnett, King's College London

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