WHY PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS DON’T WORK The many advantages of the public alternative

BACK TO THE FUTURE For decades the failures of water, energy, rail and health privatisations have made clear across the globe that those who promote privatisation offer false promises. Elections have been fought and won on promises to keep public services in public hands. In sectors like health, education, water, energy and transport, community attitudes strongly support universal public provision. Yet privatisation and so-called public-private partnerships are coming back in fashion. Many governments are turning to public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the hope that the private sector will finance public infrastructure and public services which been savagely hit by the financial crisis. This hope has long run through the World Bank and OECD, but is now emerging in the G20 and the ongoing negotiations at the United Nations for the Sustainable Development Goals and the linked Financing for Development. If successful, privatisation could become official UN policy



Publicaciones Similares