Commentary

Postal Privatization: Alive and Well…

Just not here. Despite promises, and attempts, of reform and an overhaul of the current system the door to real reform remains closed. We’re forced to accept rising prices (a second consecutive increase this year) and poor service. We’re behind the times here. Take Japan, for example, who will begin privatizing its postal services in under three months – despite strong political opposition. We covered the issue in our 2005 Annual Privatization Report, highlighting some of the other countries that have privatized their postal services — including, Germany, France, and New Zealand.

Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.