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Municipal Finance and Public Services in São Paulo, 1822–1930

P A R T F I V E Privatization and the Public Good 197 E L E V E N The Political Costs of Privatization In the previous chapters, I argued that government can learn important lessons on how to counteract a reputation crisis by taking heed of conventional wisdoms offered in the private sector. Just as in the business world, govern- ments make mistakes, and even well- intentioned public policies are not always well designed or well implemented. But by responding to errors in a straightforward way, by taking responsibility for mistakes, and by making con

53 3 THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE COLLECTIVE Water, Urban Society, and the Public Good Th e seventeenth-century founders of Philadelphia and Boston had hoped to establish a society based on a shared high purpose and mutual regard. Th is vision evolved into the democratic principle that the individual is most rewarded and fulfi lled by dedication to the collective, which in turn benefi ts most by respecting the rights and liberty of each of its members. As cities grew larger and more polyglot, and their social and economic divisions became more distinct, the sense

Competing Visions of Property in American Legal Thought, 1776-1970
The Art and Science of Philanthropy
The Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education
Railroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore
Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe
Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age