Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Book Review: Making Public in a Privatized World: The Struggle for Essential Services

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Book Review: Making Public in a Privatized World: The Struggle for Essential Services

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It is possible to make everyone equal and poor, but it is impossible to make everyone equal and rich. The struggle between the public sector economy and privatisation of public services has been a longstanding worldwide issue, as is the north and south world economical divide. This book deals with the ways by which societies in the global south are increasingly seeking progressive ways of recreating the public sector to deliver public services, including public health, in their countries. The authors describe how this down-up struggle is succeeding in the wake of failing up-down privatisation. Their account is thought provoking and a useful tool for generating debate.

The editor is a professor and founder of Municipal Services Project (MSP), a research initiative, at Queen's University in Canada that explores public services delivery models throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The MSP held a conference 'Putting Public in Public Services; Research, Action and Equity in the Global South' in Cape Town, South Africa, 13-16 April 2014, with speakers from 22 countries and 150 participants - some of these speakers are the authors of these chapters. …

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