Luc Bernier is Jarislowsky Chair of Public Sector Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada. Massimo Florio is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Milan, Italy, and the President of the CIRIEC International Scientific Commission Public Enterprises/Public Services. Philippe Bance is Professor of Economics at the University of the French Antilles and the President of the International Scientific Council of CIRIEC (International Centre of Research and Information of Public, Social and Cooperative Economy).
This refreshing handbook rethinks completely all aspects of state ownership of enterprises and financial firms and develops new theoretical approaches to understand their areas of action and their hybrid ownership structures. Well grounded in modern economic theory, the handbook provides critical approaches to the study of the state as an entrepreneur, financier and as an innovator. This handbook will become a key reference for scholars interested in economics, public policy, and public management. - Aldo Musacchio, Professor, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA Essential reading for scholars, policy-makers and the general public who want a handle on the core contemporary challenges facing State-Owned Enterprises today. - Professor Judith Clifton, University of Cantabria and Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge This much-needed book from very well-known specialists in public and cooperative economics will spare you years of work to grasp what is new with the current structures and practice of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the 21st century. The authors discuss these matters from three complementary angles: historical, empirical and theoretical. In the current climate, no one should discard any new role for any type of SOE, before having read this timely and most welcome handbook. - Jean-Michel Glachant, Loyola de Palacio Professor in European energy policy and Director, Florence School of Regulation (European University Institute) Despite the modesty of its title, this 'Handbook' is much more than a manual. It presents all the available data and thoroughly tackles the scientific analyses relating to state-owned enterprises, in all their fields of activity and across all continents, with accuracy and precision. From now on, this will be my go-to reference guide! - Jacques Fournier, former secretary general of the French government, former president of the SNCF, author of L'economie des besoins (2013)