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  • Why we need public spending - Nov 2010David Hall

    Public spending plays a vital positive role in economic and social development, contrary to rightwing political views. It supports half the jobs in the world - twice as many in the private sectro as in the public sector - and is crucial for investment in infrastructure, the provision of key services, and creating greatere equality. It is also the main way of financing action on climate change. Deficits have arisen because of the need to deal with the economic crisis, and because companies are failing to pay their fair share of tax burdnen. The IMF's call for deep cuts in spending should be resisted. This is a large report (70 pages, 2.3Mb).

  • Public disaster and private gain - The proposed privatisation of electricity in Nigeria - Nov 2010
    David Hall
    Sandra Van Niekerk

    This report is a critical examination of the proposals to privatise Nigeria’s electricity system, based on emptirical evidence from the most recent reports on energy in Africa and on global research carried out by the PSIRU. It sets out an alternative approach using public finance from oil and gas revenues, which could deliver universal access within five years.

  • The EPR in Crisis - Nov 2010Steve Thomas

    A review of the prospects for Areva's Evolutionary Power Reactor

  • The History of Wholesale Electricity Market Design in Great Britain - Nov 2010Steve Thomas

    A review of the history of competitive whlesale electricity markets in Britain since 1990

  • The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems - Nov 2010
    David Hall
    Emanuele Lobina

    This paper presents empirical evidence on the historical relative use of public and private finance for investment in water and sanitation systems in developed countries, evidence on the relative use of public and private finance and aid in developing countries, evidence on the likely impact of the economic crisis, and analyses the affordability of investment in water and sanitation systems for developing countries, and specifically investment in household connections. It identifies a gap between two models – the donor/development bank model, and the national model - with conflicting positions on four key aspects – source of finance, type of operator, ‘improved’ source or household connection, and leading role of donors or countries. The national model is in reality driving developments in the sector, and also reflects a new southern view on development.

  • Water companies in Europe 2010 - Sep 2010
    David Hall
    Emanuele Lobina

    A review of the private water company operations in Europe in 2010 and the main trends.

  • Care services, multinational companies and expanding European markets - Aug 2010Jane Lethbridge

    The report examines the multinational companies active in the social care sector in Europe and identifies those eligible for a European works council.

  • European healthcare services, multinational companies and a European healthcare market - Aug 2010Jane Lethbridge

    This paper reviews multinational companies involved in the healthcare sector in 2010, focusing on companies that either have, or are eligible for a European Works Council (EWC).

  • The impact of the economic crisis on public sector pay - Jul 2010

    This paper examines the effect of the economic crisis on public sector pay. Public sector pay has not been rising faster than pay levels in general since the crisis began, but there have been policy decisions to cut public sector pay in some European countries, in the majority of cases where there is an agreement with the IMF, or where there is pressure from financial markets, or both.

  • An analysis of the company developments and corporate policies in the European energy sector - Jul 2010Steve Thomas

    A review of the corporate policies of the major European energy companies

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