PSIRU researches the privatisation and restructuring of public services around the world, with special focus on water, energy, waste management, and healthcare. It produces reports and maintains an extensive database on the multinational companies involved. This core database is financed by Public Services International (PSI), the global confederation of public service trade unions.

Rurelec - Bolivia nationalises power station

Rurelec is a plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, a private power  and its business is all focussed on Bolivia and Argentina, but hoping to expand into Chile and Peru. Rurelec is a good example of a parasite on public finance and aid, using political leverage of the UK, the IFIs, and former right-wing local politicians.

Sharp price rises for water in privatised Oran, Algeria

De nouvelles factures plus détaillées: le prix de l'eau a-t-il augmenté ?

Critical review of jakarta water concession, 2007

A comprehensive critique of the jakarta water concessions, published in 2007

Murder of activists protesting against Union Fenosa in Guatemala

European parliament parliamentary questions 22 February 2010
WRITTEN QUESTION by Willy Meyer (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
Subject: Murder of human rights defenders opposed to Unión Fenosa's activities in Guatemala
In the Department of San Marcos in Guatemala, attacks were carried out on various individuals who were linked to protest organisations opposed to the practices of Deocsa, a subsidiary of Unión Fenosa, the Spanish electricity distribution company.

Health sector reforms in South Asia

The experience of health sector reform in South Asia presents certain common trends but also variations in terms of the political economy and health services development in the four countries (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India).

Comparative Analysis of Water Sector Reforms

Tracking Progress in Asia and the Pacific - Success Factors for Reform Measures:  To provide real insight into the policy process, empirical observations on the status of national water sectors and sector reform need to be structured. A model of process of reform is needed to guide data collection and analysis, ensure systematic and consistent treatment of information, and provide the ability to explain, predict and manage the process. After an extensive literature review, the study adopted nine parameters as the key factors that influence reform.

Why Most Developing Countries Should Not Try New Zealand's Reforms

During the 1990s New Zealand has introduced far-reaching reforms in the structure and operation of government departments and agencies. This model has attracted interest in developing countries because it promises significant gains in operational efficiency. But developing countries, which are dominated by informal markets, are risky candidates for applying the New Zealand model.

New Public Management reforms in Asia

It has been recognized that there is a need for a cross-country analysis that can be used to identify the factors that contribute to the problems of state incapacity in South and Southeast Asian nations. In taking up this challenge, we explore selected initiatives of new public management (NPM) in the region to analyse cross-country variations. For this purpose we have chosen four South and Southeast Asian countries, namely: Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

WB: Public Sector Reform - What Works and Why?

An IEG Evaluation of World Bank Support (World Bank, 2008).
Historical Overview of Public Sector Reform at the World Bank
11 1946 to 1982: PSR at the Margins
12 1983 to 1989: Focus on Quality of Government
14 1990 to 1996: Increasing Awareness of Governance Agenda

Decentralisation in Asian health sectors: friend or foe?

Lessons drawn from Asian countries' healthcare decentralization - This policy brief examines whether or not healthcare decentralisation in Asia has been successful. The report draws on examples from China, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. The brief highlights several lessons learned from the decentralisation programmes of these countries, including:

Mongolia: Health system review

Review of the Mongolian health system and reforms since its transition - This report, published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, describes the Mongolian health system and the reforms and policy initiatives in progress. It covers issues including financing, planning and regulation, physical and human resources, provision of services, and principal health care reforms.

Politics of service delivery reform

What drives public service reform, and who resists it? This article, published in Development and Change, identifies the leaders, supporters and resisters of public service reform, drawing principally on research from Ghana, Zimbabwe, India and Sri Lanka. It finds that reform was often constrained by a lack of political commitment and by the interests embedded in existing organisational arrangements. Some reforms in the social sectors could be introduced quickly and without real political support, as long as there was little organised political resistance.

Impact of public sector reforms on public sector workers

This paper presents some initial findings from a survey of public sector workers, in a number of countries in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and Asia, and how they have been affected by policies of liberalisation in relation to wages, working conditions and other forms of socio-economic security.  This survey was a joint initiative between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Public Services International (PSI), an international trade union.  The aim of the survey was to explore three themes: workers’ socio-economic security; quality and accessibilit

Reasserting the Public in Public Services

After two decades of dominating the public sector reform agenda, privatization is on the wane as states gradually reassert themselves in many formerly privatized sectors. The change of direction is a response to the realization that privatization is not working as intended, especially in public service sectors. This landmark volume brings together leading social scientists, including B. Guy Peters, Anthony Cheung and Jon Pierre, to systematically discuss the emerging patterns of the reassertion of the state in the delivery of essential public services.

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