chapter  3
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Big government against social responsibility: A vulnerability critique of privatization’s public priorities

WithMartha T. McCluskey

On the surface, neoliberal privatization appears to challenge “big government”. In fact, recent privatization efforts have often aimed to expand government by incorporating new private sector powers as core public functions. Privatization consists not only of the outsourcing of government services and regulatory authority to private businesses or to non-governmental organizations. Another method of privatization is the inverse: embedding private authority and private interests into public institutions. Privatization aims not simply to change the institutional location and form of government, but also to change ideas about the public interest and social responsibility.