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Liberalization and Privatization in the EU - Services of general interest and the roles of the public sector

October 2012, written by Elke Loeffler, Dominik Sobczak and Frankie Hine-Hughes, edited by Multi Science Publishing Co Ltd, ISBN 978-1-907132384


This publication gives an overview of the liberalisation and privatisation process in services of general interest in Europe discussing its timing, rationale and drivers, as well as presenting different types of privatisation and the accompanying processes. Then, the publication focuses on the economic outcomes as regards the creation of competitive markets, quality of service, as well as impacts on employment and productivity in this sector. It concludes by drawing implications for the role of the public sector in a revitalised European Social Model.