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  • Troubled Waters: Misleading industry PR and the case for public water - Nov 2014Emanuele Lobina

    This report discusses the role played by misleading public relations in the attempts of water multinationals Veolia and Suez to expand their market share in the USA. The report finds that, in the US like in other countries of the global North, Veolia and Suez are very good at promising improved performance and enhanced service quality but have a poor track record at keeping their promises. As this poor track record is a systemic feature of private water operations, the report makes the case for remunicipalisation and for strengthening public water services through in-house restructuring, public-public partnerships, and policies that support democratic governance”.     


  • Here to stay: water remunicipalisation as a global trend - Nov 2014Emanuele Lobina

    This report assesses the scope of water remunicipalisation as a global trend. In the first extensive mapping of this emerging global trend, the report identifies 180 cases of water remunicipalisation that have occurred in the last 15 years in 35 countries of the global North and South. The report discusses the pace and diffusion of this trend, as well as the process, drivers and outcomes of water remunicipalisation.

  • List of water remunicipalisations April 2014 - Nov 2014Emanuele Lobina

    The report provides details of the water services remunicipalised up to April 2014.

  • Briefing on tax justice issues - Latin America - Jul 2014Jane Lethbridge

    This briefing paper outlines why taxation is important, the problems of tax base erosion and profit sharing, identifies the main tax havens and off-shore centres in Latin America and outlines tax justice campaigns in Latin America.

  • CEO Pay and Public Services - Jul 2014Jane Lethbridge

    This report examines the high pay of CEOs of a group of companies delivering public services, e.g. Serco, Capita and G4S.

  • Privatisation of development finance for public services delivery by the UK Government and the impact on the rights of poor women in developing countries - Jul 2014Jane Lethbridge

    This report shows how public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of large-scale development finance schemes promoted by DFID, which involve the transfer of public service provision to the private sector, are impacting on poor women in terms of their unpaid work, influence in decision making and access to decent work.


  • Public and private sector efficiency - Jul 2014David Hall

    It is often assumed that privatisation or PPPs will result in greater levels of technical efficiency. That is, the private sector can always deliver a given level of service with less input costs than the public sector. Politicians, media, academics and consultants frequently refer to ‘private sector efficiency’.  This assumption is often shared even by critics of privatisation.But there is now extensive experience of all forms of privatisation, and re-searchers have published many studies of the empirical evidence on comparative technical efficiency.The results are remarkably consistent across all sectors and all forms of privatisation and outsourcing: there is no empirical evidence that the private sector is intrinsically more efficient. The same results emerge consistently from sectors and services which are subject to outsourcing, such as waste management, and in sectors privatised by sale, such as telecoms.

  • Why we need public spending (2014 edition) - May 2014David Hall

    The report explains why public spending, in particular on public services, is economically and socially vital and not an economic liability. Rising public spending has been part of economic growth for over 100 years; it supports half the formal employment in the world, much of it in the private sector; it delivers services like healthcare and public goods like renewable energy more efficiently and effectively than the private sector. Public spending is an important way of creating greater equality, not only through benefits but through public services.  Higher public spending can be financed easily in all countries by taxing the rich, eliminating corporate tax evasion, and property taxes and that public spending and government borrowing are far more efficient ways of funding and providing services than public-private partnerships or privatisation.


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  • Shared Services - setting unrealistic expectations - May 2014Jane Lethbridge

    Shared Services is a concept used by the private sector and for the last decade, shared services systems have been introduced to central  government departments, as a way of saving money.  Evaluations, by the National Audit Office, show that the most striking feature of many schemes is that there are no savings and the quality of services falls.  There is a failure to learn from the experiences of the last 10 years.

  • Briefing on NSW ‘Revitalising Local Government’ - Apr 2014Jane Lethbridge

    ‘Revitalising Local Government’ is the Final Report of the New South Wales (NSW) Independent Local Government Review Panel, published in October 2013.  This review of the Final Report is written from the perspective of the experience of the UK, particularly England.  It was commissioned by the United Services Union (USU), New South Wales, Australia.  It covers the role and importance of local government, localism, place-based leadership and mergers of local authorities.

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