What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Privatization?

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Privatization is advantageous because it improves efficiency and profitability, prevents political interference and increases competition. According to The Guardian, privatization is disadvantageous because it can create private monopolies and a focus on profits rather than public interest in the delivery of essential services, such as healthcare.

Privatization prevents the bureaucracy that is associated with state-run industries. It also promotes specialization, leading to production of high-quality goods. Additionally, privatization eliminates corruption because managers of private companies are more accountable to shareholders, according to Wikipedia. Furthermore, private companies raise investment capital more easily than state-run companies because the government must consider several areas of the economy in its budgetary allocation. Wikipedia adds that privatization is advantageous because state-owned companies are run for political goals instead of economic objectives. It also reduces the rate of taxation and creates more jobs. BBC notes that privatization within the health sector allows consumers to get value for their money. According to The Guardian, the public is not guaranteed of the benefits of privatization because there is limited oversight or control over private companies. In addition, privatization can lead to the abandoning of social obligations, such as water supply to areas where these services are not profitable. Private firms may also provide inferior services because they are driven by their financial objectives, according to Wikipedia. The Guardian reveals that privatization can lead to the loss of assets to foreign companies, leading to unhealthy competition.