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Rethinking municipal privatization: A Marxian class analysis of the privatization of New York City's Central Park


2005 2005

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This dissertation constructs a Marxian class analysis of one of the most high-profile municipal privatizations of the 1990s---the privatization of New York City's Central Park. Two arguments are advanced. First, it is shown how the complex class analytic contradictions that municipal privatization processes give rise to may work to: undermine private sector rates of accumulation, and stimulate non-capitalist class processes. While the former finding necessarily casts a long shadow over the mainstream privatization discourse's central efficiency/cost propositions, the latter finding highlights the limitations of the discourse's hegemonic association that weds privatization processes to "capitalism." Building upon the latter finding, the final chapter advances an argument that centers on the class transformative opportunities privatization processes---both in the municipal and global contexts---might afford. Such opportunities open up immense theoretical and policy space for radically reconsidering and rethinking privatization processes.

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Subject
Economic theory;
Economics;
Public administration;
Municipalities;
Privatization;
Capitalism;
Studies
Classification
0511: Economic theory
0501: Economics
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Central Park, Class analysis, Marxian, Municipal privatization, New York City, Privatization
Title
Rethinking municipal privatization: A Marxian class analysis of the privatization of New York City's Central Park
Author
Cooke, Oliver David
Number of pages
336
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 66/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542382635, 0542382636
Advisor
Wolff, Richard D.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3193891
ProQuest document ID
304997243
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304997243
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