The continuous growth in the demand for water supply and sanitation services has posed decision makers with the challenge to discover new, and to adapt existing, institutions. Since the last two decades, the most prominent institutional change for the water and sanitation sector is neo-liberalism. Neo-liberalism manifests itself in the water sector through privatization, private sector involvement and liberalisation. This book analyses whether neo-liberalism has had an effect on the institutions, the strategies, and the performances of water providers. Strategies are interpreted through what a water provider can do (strategic context), wants to do (strategic plans), and actually does (strategic actions). On the basis of studies in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, the United Kingdom and Italy, the book concludes that neo-liberal institutional changes matter for the strategies of water providers. However, it also finds that the inherent problems with performance interpretation, measurement and comparison obscure any accurate insight in the effect of neo-liberal institutional changes on performance. In this regard the book opens a window for research both on the relation between institutions and conduct, and between conduct and performance of water and sanitation providers.
Table of Contents
PART I: Introduction to Water Supply and Sanitation Sector, Neo-Liberalism. PART II: Research Design: Objectives and Approach, Analytical Framework. PART III: Analysis: Institutional Dynamics, Institutions and the Strategic Context, Plans and Actions of WSS Providers; Performance, Institutions and Strategic Actions. PART IV: Synthesis
Marco Schouten received his Masters in Business Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1994). Followed by an international management consultancy career for almost ten years. Notably, he worked for Ernst & Young Management Consultants for almost three years in South America, and for Royal Haskoning Consulting Engineers he stayed for almost three years in Egypt. He joined UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft in 2003. At this institute, Marco is senior lecturer and deputy head of the Management and Institutions department. He is involved in a variety of tasks from education to acquisition, scientific research and consultancy assignments.