Re-interpreting re-municipalization: finding equilibrium

  title={Re-interpreting re-municipalization: finding equilibrium},
  author={Bart Voorn and Marieke L. van Genugten and Sandra van Thiel},
  journal={Journal of Economic Policy Reform},
  pages={305 - 318}
ABSTRACT The remunicipalization literature posits that municipalities increasingly reject privatization in favor of in-house service delivery. A frequent interpretation is that remunicipalization therefore demonstrates a rejection of business-like service delivery in local public service delivery. We perform a systematic review of the literature on remunicipalization, to argue why this interpretation may be inaccurate. First, remunicipalization often involves corporatization, and these public… Expand
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