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Advancing Public Goods

Edited by Jean-Philippe Touffut, Director, Cournot Centre, Paris, France
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.
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Publication Date: 2006
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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.
‘This is a timely and thought-provoking book which brings the discussion of public goods to confront the contemporary world economy where such goods have often a global nature and require super-national provision and control.’
– Giovanni Dosi, St Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy
Contributors: P. Artus, A. Ben-Ner, B. Gazier, X. Greffe, C. Henry, P. Herzog, I. Kaul, J.E. Stiglitz, J.-P. Touffut
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