This book examines one of the most high-profile municipal privatizations-the privatization of New York City's Central Park.
The fiscal crisis of the 1970s established the political and cultural opening for privatizations, which were justified on
the basis of increasing efficiency. However, as Cooke demonstrates, these justifications were deliberately blind to the social
and economic implication of privatization. This fascinating account moves beyond the hackneyed pro- versus anti-privatization
debate by reconceptualizing the park's privatization as an ensemble of contradictory class effects. It also highlights the
immense theoretical and policy space for radically reconsidering and rethinking privatization processes in both the municipal
and global contexts.