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The Private Sector has Proven Inefficient and Corrupt. The Public is Making a Comeback

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Hilary Wainwright’s booklet – The Tragedy of the Private, the Potential of the Public – describes water, health and education as “the commons” and illustrates a quiet process of remunicipalization is taking place all over the world. There is a palpable momentum to these ideas. Last summer saw the formation of the We Own It campaign in the United Kingdom, which is lobbying for a public service users’ bill. This would promote public ownership as the default option for public services and give the public a say in whether services are privatized. Recently, a New Economics Foundation working paper also set out alternatives to the marketisation of public services.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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