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Privatization and Alternative Public Sector Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

Delivering on Electricity and Water

  • Kate Bayliss
  • Ben Fine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Kate Bayliss, Ben Fine
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Privatization Experiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Kate Bayliss, Ben Fine
      Pages 31-54
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Kate Bayliss, Rudolf Amenga-Etego
      Pages 125-150
    3. Kate Bayliss
      Pages 208-234
    4. Kate Bayliss, Ben Fine
      Pages 235-248
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-268

About this book


it is increasingly apparent that the privatization experiment in sub-Saharan Africa has failed. This book shows that the state is set to dominate service delivery for the foreseeable future in much of the region, and that the public sector must be considered as a viable policy option for the delivery of water and electricity.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kate Bayliss
    • 1
  • Ben Fine
    • 2
  1. 1.Public Services International Research UnitLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Oriental and African StudiesUniversity of LondonUK

About the editors

RUDOLF NSORWINE AMENGA-ETEGO Executive Director of the Foundation for Grassroots Initiatives in Africa (GrassRoots Africa), Accra, Ghana HULYA DAGDEVIREN Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Hertfordshire, UK

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'In so many areas of policy, it has been a matter of 'don't do as we did (and do) do as we say' when it comes to advice and aid from developed to developing countries. As brilliantly demonstrated by this book, the same has been true in relation to privatisation and public sector provision. The results have been disastrous not least in light of what could have been achieved by alternative forms of public delivery of basic services to the poor.' - Ha-Joon Chang, author of Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective