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LWV Study on Privatization 2011

To join the study committee, contact Helen Hutchison (

Privatization Study
In June 2010, delegates to the LWVUS convention approved a study of privatization. LWV Oakland will hold its consensus meeting on this study on Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 am to noon, at the Cesar Chavez Library, 3301 E.12th Street, adjacent to the Fruitvale BART station.

The purpose of this study is to identify those parameters and policy issues to be considered in connection with proposals to transfer federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector. It will review the stated goals and the community impact of such transfers, and identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good.

Resources and suggested reading for local League members:

Consensus questions

General Accounting Office report on privatization

Reports written by members of the LWVUS study committee:
Surveying State Laws Addressing Privatization - Summary
        Full report

Privatization: The Public Policy Debate - Summary
        Full report

State Level Privatization 2011

Public Library Privatization - A Case Study

Strategies for Best Practice - Summary
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Subcontracting Public Education

Privatization of Prisons

Privatization of a Publicly Owned Waste Water Treatment Plant

Deregulation of Railroads

The Legal Framework of Transparency and Accountability within the Context of Privatization - Summary
        Full report