The San Jose/Santa Clara league joined in this national study of the privatization of government services, assets and functions and the impact that privatization will create on our local community. The LWVUS study committee provided a history and background of privatization, a glossary of terms, legal issues to be considered when privatizing at different levels of government, current state regulations on privatizing and case studies on successful and unsuccessful privatizing efforts. Finally, the committee provided suggested policies and parameters to be considered when privatizing. The Consensus Questions and articles prepared by the study committee are available at http://www.lwv.org/member-resources/privatization.
We encouraged the public to participate in this study by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LWVUS recommends the following readings as background:
2. Paul Starr, The Meaning of Privatization, Yale Law and Policy Review 6 (1988): 6-41.
3. Privatization: A Seattle League Study
Privatization, the transfer of federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector, is a growing trend in the United States and well-entrenched elsewhere. The study committee will present an overview of the subject, covering the following areas.
Overview of the purpose, definitions and examples of privatization
History and background of privatization
Examples at the national level
Examples from LWVUS
Broad principles of our local governments on privatization
Example of a specific local privatization Core governmental services which might not be privatized
Best Practices in privatization
Following this overview, Brenda McHenry, Facilitator, guided us through the consensus questions with clarifications supplied by study committee members as necessary. A copy of the consensus questions are available below. <http://www.lwv.org/content/consensus-questions-introduction%C2%A0>. If that piques your curiosity for further reading, go to the Privatization page.