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The term “remunicipalization” has become associated with a global trend to reverse the privatization wave that swept many countries—both industrialized and developing—in the 1980s and 1990s. Global privatization initiatives have not delivered the cost efficiencies, performance improvements, and infrastructure investment and modernization that their advocates had promised.

The remunicipalization trend is associated primarily with the water sector; however, the push to take back formerly privatized resources and services into local forms of public ownership and control is happening in the transport, waste management, energy, housing, and cleaning sectors as well. Could reclaiming public services  lead to the development of integrated local strategies to tackle climate change, encourage energy efficiency, and advance renewable energy solutions?

“It is important to develop new and decentralized forms of public ownership that engage citizens and social movements in the battle against climate change.”

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