Public and Social Services in Europe

From Public and Municipal to Private Sector Provision

  • Hellmut Wollmann
  • Ivan Koprić
  • Gérard Marcou

Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Giulio Citroni, Andrea Lippi, Stefania Profeti
    Pages 103-117
  3. Jaume Magre Ferran, Esther Pano Puey
    Pages 119-134
  4. Theodore N. Tsekos, Athanasia Triantafyllopoulou
    Pages 135-149
  5. Łukasz Mikuła, Marzena Walaszek
    Pages 169-183
  6. Ivan Koprić, Anamarija Musa, Vedran Đulabić
    Pages 201-215
  7. Ulaş Bayraktar, Çağla Tansug
    Pages 217-231
  8. Roselyne Allemand, Magali Dreyfus, Magnús Árni Skjöld Magnússon, John McEldowney
    Pages 233-247
  9. Eva Lieberherr, Claudine Viard, Carsten Herzberg
    Pages 249-263
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 335-342

About this book


‘This impressive volume is an outstanding contribution to comparative research into local service provision from an international and over time perspective. It brings together scholars of the first rank and includes country analyses from almost all European regions. The book is a must-read for all who are interested in local government studies, public management and public sector reforms in Europe.’  

Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann, University of Potsdam, Germany


Public and Social Services in Europe is an essential guide to the rapidly changing worlds of public service delivery across Europe. It highlights not just the debates over privatisation but intriguingly those over the renaissance of cooperatives and citizens movements in providing services outside established statutory frameworks.’

Prof. Martin Laffin, Queen Mary University of London, UK


This book presents comparative analyses and accounts of the institutional changes that have occurred to the local level delivery of public utilities and personal social services in countries across Europe. Guided by a common conceptual frame and written by leading country experts, the book pursues a “developmental” approach to consider how the public/municipal sector-centred institutionalization of service delivery (climaxing in the 1970s) developed through its New Public Management-inspired and European Union market liberalization-driven restructuring of the 1980s and early 1990s. The book also discusses the most recent phase since the late 1990s, which has been marked by further marketization and privatization of service delivery on the one hand, and some return to public sector provision (“remunicipalization”) on the other. By comprising some 20 European countries, including Central East European “transformation” countries as well as the “sovereign debt”-stricken countries of Southern Europe, the chapters of this volume cover a much broader cross section of countries than other recent publications on the same subject.  

Hellmut Wollmann is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. His recent publications include Evaluation in Public  Sector Reform (2003), Provision of Public Services in Europe (edited with G. Marcou, 2010), and Introduction to Comparative Public Administration (with S. Kuhlmann, 2014).


Ivan Koprić is Professor and Head of Chair of Administrative Science and Local Governance at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and President of the Institute of Public Administration in Zagreb.


Gérard Marcou is Professor of Public Law at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut de Recherche Juridique de la Sorbonne, Head of Department "Sorbonne Droit public de l'Economie, France, and Director of GRALE (Groupement de Recherche sur l'Administration Locale en Europe).


Public utilities Marketization Privatization Remunicipalization New Public Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Hellmut Wollmann
    • 1
  • Ivan Koprić
    • 2
  • Gérard Marcou
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Social SciencesHumboldt University (HU) Berlin Institute for Social SciencesBerlinGermany
  2. 2.University of Zagreb ZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Universite Paris 1 - Eurequa ParisFrance

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