Daniel Díaz-Fuentes

Transforming Public Enterprise in Europe and North America

Transnational Corporations and public enterprises have been perceived as organizations evolving in seperate, even antagonistic business, economic and ideological spheres. Yet, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, utilities in energy, telecommmunications, transport and water unexpectedly emerged as leading Transnational Corporations. Trajectories of 'new service champions' such as EDF, Deutsche Telekom, Suez, Vivndi, France Telecom, E.ON, REW, Deutsche Post, Telefonica, Endesa, SAS, GAZPROM are examined in context. How and why did this remarkable and unprecedented transition occur? What are the consequences for competition, regulation, public services and consumers? Leading authorities from Europe, Russia, Canada, Mexico and the United States analyse the business, economic and historical contexts that have influenced these changes.


Palgrave Macmillan

Privatizing public enterprises in the European Union 1960–2002: ideological, pragmatic, inevitable

Privatization, recognized as one of the most important economic policy reforms from the 1970s, has attracted significant attention from scholars, and the literature on the topic is now vast. Yet there is little agreement on the reasons why governments privatized. Three dominant paradigms explaining European Union (EU) privatization put forward distinct motivations. The ‘British paradigm’ assumed that market-friendly ideology played a significant role in a path towards a global programme inspired by the UK experience.


Journal of European Public Policy

‘EMPOWERING EUROPE'S CITIZENS’? Towards a charter for services of general interest

This article analyses the development of the European Union (EU) project of a Charter for Services of General Interest (SGI) from the mid-1990s to the publication of the White Paper on Services of General Interest and the draft European Constitution in 2004. Though service charters are often associated with New Public Management (NPM) reforms related to privatization, they are also an integral part of the process of EU institution building, and need to be understood alongside developments such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights.


Public Management Review




Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
University of Cantabria
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