Private Cures for Public Ills

DECEMBER 01, 2008 by LAWRENCE REED

From garbage collection to firefighting, services once considered the province of the public sector are moving toward the private sector. The 26 essays in this anthology examine the history of privatization, its successes, and prospects for the future. Authors include Doug Bandow, Burton Folsom, Daniel Klein, Lawrence Reed, Hans Sennholz, Tibor Machan, among others.

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