9780801474644-0801474647-Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World's Urban Water Crisis

Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World's Urban Water Crisis

ISBN-13: 9780801474644
ISBN-10: 0801474647
Edition: 1
Author: Bakker, Karen
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780801474644
ISBN-10: 0801474647
Edition: 1
Author: Bakker, Karen
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 320 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bakker, Karen wrote Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World's Urban Water Crisis comprising 320 pages back in 2010. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0801474647 and 9780801474644. Since then Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World's Urban Water Crisis textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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Water supply privatization was emblematic of the neoliberal turn in development policy in the 1990s. Proponents argued that the private sector could provide better services at lower costs than governments; opponents questioned the risks involved in delegating control over a life-sustaining resource to for-profit companies. Private-sector activity was most concentrated―and contested―in large cities in developing countries, where the widespread lack of access to networked water supplies was characterized as a global 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.

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