Privatisation policies unsuccessful, report finds

For the first time ever a team of researchers has looked at the effect of two decades of privatisation policies in Sweden, and whether public welfare services like health care and schools have improved.

According to the report, released today and authored by independent think tank, the Centre for Business and Policy Studies, there is no evidence to suggest privatisation in the welfare sector has led to better schools, healthcare, or care in hospitals or nursing homes.

In newspaper Dagens Nyheter, lead researcher Laura Hartman writes that greater competition has not led to increased quality or efficiency in most public sectors.