The Privatized State and Government Outsourcing of Public Powers

Marshall Institute, London School of Economics

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Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021
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Marshall Institute, London School of Economics




Government & Politics

Human Rights

Virt Africa

Many governmental functions today—from the management of prisons and welfare offices to warfare and financial regulation—are outsourced to private entities. Education and health care are funded in part through private philanthropy rather than taxation. Can a privatised government rule legitimately?

The Privatized State argues that it cannot. In this new book, Chiara Cordelli argues that privatisation constitutes a regression to a precivil condition—what philosophers centuries ago called “a state of nature.” Chiara is going to discuss her book and issues such as privatisation in the democratic state , role of private actors and a new way of administering public affairs with LSE academic Kate Vredenburgh.

Meet our speaker and chair

Chiara Cordelli (@chiaracordelli) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She is the co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies.

Kate Vredenburgh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE.


Marshall Institute, London School of Economics