Privatizing Water : Governance Failure and the World's Urban Water Crisis
In Privatizing Water, Karen Bakker focuses on three questions: Why did privatization emerge as a preferred alternative for managing urban water supply? Can privatization fulfill its proponents' expectations, particularly with respect to water supply to the urban poor? And, given the apparent shortcomings of both privatization and conventional approaches to government provision, what are the alternatives? In answering these questions, Bakker engages with broader debates over the role of the private sector in development, the role of urban communities in the provision of "public" services, and the governance of public goods. She introduces the concept of "governance failure" as a means of exploring the limitations facing both private companies and governments.
Critically examining a range of issues--including the transnational struggle over the human right to water, the "commons" as a water-supply-management strategy, and the environmental dimensions of water privatization--Privatizing Water is a balanced exploration of a critical issue that affects billions of people around the world.
- Paperback | 296 pages
- 152 x 226 x 24mm | 408.23g
- 16 Dec 2010
- Cornell University Press
- Ithaca, United States
- 46 Illustrations, unspecified
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