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Privatisation against the European Social Model

A Critique of European Policies and Proposals for Alternatives

  • Editors
  • Marica Frangakis
  • Christoph Hermann
  • Jörg Huffschmid
  • Károly Lóránt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Privatisation and the Crisis of Social Europe

    1. Marica Frangakis, Christoph Hermann, Jörg Huffschmid, Károly Lóránt
      Pages 1-5
  3. Privatisation in the EU: Process and Discussion — An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Marica Frangakis, Jörg Huffschmid
      Pages 9-29
    3. Jörg Huffschmid
      Pages 49-60
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Wlodzimierz Dymarski, Danes Brzica, Malcolm Sawyer
      Pages 93-111
    3. David Flacher, Hugues Jennequin, Mehmet Ugur
      Pages 112-128
    4. Christine André, Christoph Hermann
      Pages 129-144
    5. Wolfgang Blaas, Elsa Hackl, Birgit Mahnkopf
      Pages 145-163
    6. Miren Etxezarreta, Mejra Festic
      Pages 164-186
    7. Marica Frangakis, Jörg Huffschmid, Joze Mencinger
      Pages 187-207
  5. Perspectives

About this book


This book addresses the EU as powerful driver of the wave of privatizations in the network industries and public services since the early 1990s. Based on theoretical arguments and empirical studies it examines the impact of these policies on what is regarded as the normative pillars of the European Social Model.


care European social model European Union (EU)

About the authors

MARICA FRANGAKIS is an economist, with a special interest in European affairs. She is a member of the Board of the 'Nicos Poulantzas Institute', a non-profit making institution, promoting public debate in a variety of areas. She is also involved with the ATTAC network, while she is an active member of the European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe (EuroMemorandum Group).

CHRISTOPH HERMANN is Senior researcher at the Working Life Research Centre (FORBA) in Vienna and co-coordinator of the EC funded research project 'Privatization of Public Services and the Impact on Quality, Employment and Producitvity'.

JÖRG HUFFSCHMID was professor for Political Economy and Economic Policy at the University of Bremen in Germany. His research interests and publication areas were amongst others European integration and financial markets. He was the scientific coordinator of various EU-wide projects and one of the founders of the EuroMemorandum Group.

KAROLY LORANT spent most of his professional life in the Hungarian National Planning Office, where he dealt with long range forecasts. After the systemic change in Hungary he became a senior economist of the economic research institute named ECOSTAT. Over the past years he has been working as an expert for the European Parliament.

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