Rarely has a law with such potentially far-reaching consequences been greeted with such indifference and, apparently, had so little effect.

A 2003 amendment to the Local Autonomy Law, which delineates local governments’ authority, gave them the right to outsource the administration of their sports facilities, art and history museums and libraries. Not only that, but the law guaranteed for the new private enterprise administrators the right to charge the public to use the facilities and to take a profit from them.

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