In this wide-ranging selection of papers, distinguished economists, public policy advisers and political theorists contribute to the debate on public goods.
The studies cover topics in the conceptualization, classification and stratification of public goods. Also examined are public institutional design, global economic institutions and partnership typologies. Individual papers address the financing, regulatory, organizational and legal aspects relating to services of general interest in Europe. The dynamics of global public good production, including monopolies, patents, scientific uncertainty and market failures, are discussed. Empirical research on the state, profit and non-profit sectors is presented. Providing numerous examples of specific public goods, the contributions also highlight the impact of macroeconomic policies on provision. The book presents a broad diversity of new approaches to global public goods within the framework of mixed economies, beyond the standard economic analysis of public services.
Academics, researchers and policymakers in the area of global public goods and services will find this volume of great interest.
Edited by Jean-Philippe Touffut, Director, Cournot Centre, Paris, France
Contents: Preface Introduction: Public Goods, Social Enactions Bernard Gazier and Jean-Philippe Touffut 1. Public Goods: A Positive Analysis Inge Kaul 2. For-Profit, State and Non-Profit: How to Cut the Pie Among the Three Sectors Avner Ben-Ner 3. Services of General Interest in a Competitive Multinational Space Philippe Herzog 4. Funding Public Services in Europe: State Banks or Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)? Patrick Artus 5. New Public Institutional Design Xavier Greffe 6. Knowledge as Global Public Good: Production Conditions and Preconditions Claude Henry 7. Global Public Goods and Global Finance: Does Global Governance Ensure that the Global Public Interest is Served? Joseph E. Stiglitz Index