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The privatization and de-privatization of rail industry assets in Australia and New Zealand

Malcolm Abbott () and Bruce Cohen

Utilities Policy, 2016, vol. 41, issue C, 48-56

Abstract: The rail sector globally has seen considerable reform in recent years. To date, the shape of reform has varied across jurisdictions, as has the nature of the rail operations being reformed. In numerous jurisdictions, the reform processes have encompassed the privatization of assets and operations. Unlike many other industries where privatization has occurred, however, the rail sector has experienced several instances where asset ownership and operations have been taken back into the hands of the government. In this paper, an examination is made of the privatization and de-privatization (or reverse privatization) of rail assets in three jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand to see what insights can be drawn with regard to the factors that led to the failure of privatization and the government's reclaiming of control.

Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2016.04.010

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