© 1996

Power and Privatization

Choice and Competition in the Remaking of British Democracy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 1-6
  3. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 7-26
  4. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 27-45
  5. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 46-65
  6. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 66-95
  7. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 96-125
  8. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 126-145
  9. Joel D. Wolfe
    Pages 171-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 186-209

About this book


This book shows that privatization in Britain constitutes a form of state power. After analyzing the historical and ideological background, the study examines how market processes indirectly extend state control by governing participation in state asset sales, regulatory regimes, deregulated policymaking and the marketization of trade unions. Privatizing control remade British democracy. Direct state power has been concentrated and held in reserve, while market processes guide wide areas of routine decision-making. Thus, it is demonstrated that privatization has depoliticized choice and diminished freedom.


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