Economics tells us that governments privatising services where quality counts is a bad idea.
The fifth episode of a series from The Anthill Podcast on how recoveries from major crises throughout history focuses on what happened after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Unsolicited market proposals are not transparently assessed. Infrastructure should be built to serve the public interest, not shaped by its private backers, but the checks to ensure this are broken.
A look at the theory behind nationalising key public services, as well as what has happened in practice.
The pipeline for new antibiotics is broken. It is time to think outside the box.
Global forces affect corruption, too.
Late trains, anxiety, stressful commutes, disruption to family life – just some of the woes of train customers.
Who has the right to use an Amazon domain name? The people who live there or a company with the same name?
Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
A recent damning report on probation shows the need to reassess outsourcing by the public sector.
Why choice should not be the most important factor in elder care.
Three important lessons from three recent privatisations.
Turning prisons into a market opportunity could open them up to corruption.
The NSW government will spend more than $23 billion on toll road, and recoup just $4 billion by selling it.
A motion to privatise the ABC, no matter how vigorously repudiated by the government, is political poison, and may now reap a political harvest.
Under current EU rules, Britain cannot recreate a railway monopoly. It can, however, follow the lead of other EU countries in bringing more of the rail sector into public ownership.
Three important aspects of international trade deals will limit the UK's democratic control over trade.
Two decades ago, the then SA premier, John Olsen, defied a campaign promise and announced plans to privatise the state's electricity industry. It's been a high-voltage issue ever since.
The evidence shows that PFI is always more costly relative to its publicly funded alternative – and by as much as 40% in some cases.
No other country has fully adopted the UK model of railway privatisation. And for good reason.