Power and Privatization: Choice and Competition in the Remaking of British Democracy

Power and Privatization: Choice and Competition in the Remaking of British Democracy

by J. Wolfe

Hardcover(1996)

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Overview

This book shows that privatization in Britain constitutes a form of state power. After analyzing the historical and ideological background, the study examines how market processes indirectly extend state control by governing participation in state asset sales, regulatory regimes, deregulated policymaking and the marketization of trade unions. Privatizing control remade British democracy. Direct state power has been concentrated and held in reserve, while market processes guide wide areas of routine decision-making. Thus, it is demonstrated that privatization has depoliticized choice and diminished freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333637340
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/07/1996
Series: Choice and Competition in the Remaking of British Democracy
Edition description: 1996
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

JOEL D. WOLFE

Table of Contents

Abbreviations - Tables - Acknowledgements - Introduction - Explaining the Politics of Privatization - The Collapse of Social Democracy - The New Right and State Power - Power and the Public Sector Sell-off - Regulation and Control - Deregulation and Competition as Control - Commercializing Association: The Reform of Union Power - The Privatization of Democracy - Bibliography - Index

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