The Evil of Privatization

17 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2014

Date Written: June 20, 2014


This is my contribution to a workshop (held at the University of Warwick on 16 May 2014) about Alon Harel’s book Why Law Matters (Oxford 2014). It focuses on chapter 3 of the book, 'The Case Against Privatization'. I share Alon's sentiments on this subject but resist his main arguments in the book. Since I co-edit the series in which the book appeared, I do not plan to publish anything arising from this workshop. But for whatever it is worth I see no problem with posting my talk here more or less as I presented it at Warwick (adding, at pp 9-10, a rejoinder to Alon’s oral response).

Keywords: privatization, outsourcing, plutocracy, democracy, legitimacy, rule of law, public interest

Suggested Citation

Gardner, John, The Evil of Privatization (June 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

John Gardner (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

All Souls College
High Street
Oxford, OX1 4AL
United Kingdom

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