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How the European Union accord would promote privatization in Tunisia?

A mobilization against the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA; ALECA) has generated debate on how the European Union accord would promote privatization in Tunisia. “The Economic and Social Research Association Mohamed Ali El Hakim is named after the founder of the trade union movement in Tunisia. It was created by activists on the left, mainly from the popular front. Its main objective is to propagate a knowledge on economic, social subjects with a militant word that exceeds the dominant discourse, the liberal discourse. ARES has also published three collective works, a first on debt, a second on the economic crisis in Tunisia—with a historical reading of the development model – and a third on the 2018 finance law. A fourth is in the process of being published and deals with public companies and the debate about their privatization.”

Trading Privatisation : Time to Fight Back!

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are driving privatization on a global scale. They pose a very real threat to public sector services and may even prevent attempts to re-nationalize when privatization fails. PSI and AFTINET are hold a “Trading Privatization Forum” on 31 August in Sydney, Australia. This forum will examine how trade agreements like TiSA, the TPP and the RCEP promote deregulation, commercialization and privatization of services ranging from health, education and childcare, care for the elderly and for people with disabilities to public transport, energy and water. It will also discuss strategies to defeat them.

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Tackling Inequality - Fiscal Monitor - Oct 2017

Rising inequality and slow economic growth in many countries have focused attention on policies to support inclusive growth. While some inequality is inevitable in a marketbased economic system, excessive inequality can erode social cohesion, lead to political polarization, and ultimately lower economic growth. This Fiscal Monitor discusses how fiscal policies can help achieve redistributive objectives. It focuses on three salient policy debates: tax rates at the top of the income distribution, the introduction of a universal basic income, and the role of public spending on education and health.

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How international financial institutions and donors influence economic policies in developing countries

This briefing analyses compliance with the ownership principle by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group and the European Commission (EC). The ownership principle is the idea that developing country governments – with the contribution of their parliaments, local authorities and civil society organisations (CSOs) – should define their own economic policies according to their development strategy. It also analyses the different channels through which international financial institutions (IFIs) and the EC influence economic policy-making in developing countries, impacting the ownership of their development strategies.