MSP Logo

Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South


After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue. This book explores this rapidly growing trend towards ‘corporatization’ - public enterprises owned and operated by the state, with varying degrees of autonomy. If sometimes driven by neoliberal agendas, there exist examples of corporatization that could herald a brighter future for equity-oriented public services.

Drawing on original case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America, this book critically examines the histories, structures, ideologies and social impacts of corporatization in the water and electricity sectors, interrogating the extent to which it can move beyond commercial goals to deliver progressive public services. The first collection of its kind, Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South offers rich empirical insight and theoretical depth into what has become one of the most important public policy shifts for essential services in the global South.

***Disponible en español: Servicios públicos en el Sur Global: Mirada a crítica a nuevas formas de gestión***


1 Public ambiguity and the multiple meanings of corporatization - David A. McDonald

2 An exceptional electricity company in an atypical social democracy: Costa Rica’s ICE - Daniel Chavez

3 Hybrid water governance in Burkina Faso: the ONEA experience - Catherine Baron

Disponible en français : « Corporatisation » dans le secteur de l’eau potable : l’ONEA, une expérience inédite en Afrique de l’Ouest

4 An ‘Arab Spring’ for corporatization? Tunisia’s national electricity company (STEG) - Ali Bennasr and Eric Verdeil

Disponible en français : Un printemps arabe pour la corporatisation ? La Société tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz

5 Modernization and the boundaries of public water in Uruguay - Susan Spronk, Carlos Crespo and Marcela Olivera

6 Can ‘public’ survive corporatization? The case of TNB in Malaysia - Nepomuceno A. Malaluan

7 Quasi-public: water districts in the Philippines - Buenaventura B. Dargantes, Victor G. Chiong, Hedda P. Dargantes and Elsie B. Mira

8 Corporatization in the European water sector: lessons for the global South - Emanuele Lobina and David Hall

9 Corporatization is dead ... long live corporatization? - David A. McDonald

Order online with Zed Books

edited by David McDonald
Publication Information: 
Zed Books
Publication Date: 
Publication Type: