Some Criteria for Privatization in Italy

Part of the Central Issues in Contemporary Economic Theory and Policy book series (CICETP)


Since 1980 the privatization issue has been the focus of a big debate on the changing role of the state and its eventual substitution by the private sector as producer of goods and services. Since then more than eighty countries, with the two important exceptions of Italy and China, have started a privatization process, albeit adopting different criteria and typologies, according to a plurality of policy objectives pursued1. These privatization experiences favoured by the liberist ideological and political revival induced by British public failures have aroused world-wide interest and argument for emulation but have not produced general ideal solutions to complex problems dependent on different economic, social and political situations.


Public Choice Efficiency Gain Social Welfare Function Public Utility Public Firm 
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  1. 1.Università di FirenzeItaly

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