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Water Regimes
Beyond the public and private sector debate

ISBN 9781138668201
Published September 27, 2016 by Routledge
240 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In recent years the water sector has undergone profound institutional, economic and political transformations. Some countries have encouraged privatization of water services, but in many cases this has provoked adverse reaction to such a neoliberal and market-based approach to this common shared but essential resource. 

This book goes beyond the ideology of the public versus private water regime debate, by focusing on the results of these types of initiatives to provide better water services, particularly in urban settings. It provides numerous examples of alternative models, to show who is responsible for implementing such systems and what are their social, institutional and technical-scientific characteristics. Policies are analysed in terms of their implications for employees and residents. 

The book presents a new combinatory approach of water regimes, based on several international case studies (Argentina, Bolivia, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa and the USA, plus a comparison of three cities in Africa) presenting specific challenges for water models. These case studies demonstrate the successes and problems of a range of private sector involvements in the provision of water services, and provide examples of how small-scale systems can compare with larger-scale more technical systems.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What do the Protagonists of the Water Sector Do?  Dominique Lorrain and Franck Poupeau  Part 1: Unorthodox Models and Practices  1. "The Embedded Actor": A Water Joint-venture in Chongqing  Dominique Lorrain  2. "Delivering More than Water". The Salt River Project: the Invention of an Adaptive Partnership for Water Management  Murielle Coeurdray, Franck Poupeau, Brian O’Neill and Joan Cortinas  Part 2: Questions of Legitimacy: Private Interventions in a Public Service  3. Legitimacy in the Test of Time: Operating Water in Buenos Aires  Bernard de Gouvello  4. Water in Paris: Polity and Politics  Dominique Lorrain  5. The Partial Privatization of the Berlin Water Company  Thomas Blanchet  6. Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Service Management in Nagpur  Marie-Hélène Zérah and Cécile Renouard  Part 3: When Small Water Systems meet the Large Technical System  7. A Local Public Service: the Action of Small-scale Private Water Providers to Supply Peripheral Neighbourhoods in Three African Cities  Sarah Botton and Aymeric Blanc  8. Cooperatives in La Paz and El Alto: A Complementary System  Sébastien Hardy and Franck Poupeau  9. The Decentralization of Supply in Four Uttar Pradesh Municipalities  Rémi de Bercegol and Shankare Gowda  10. Water Disputes in Soweto. Inequalities, Social Mobilisations and Recourse to the Law  Julie Aubriot  Part 4: Conclusion  11. Lessons drawn from the Practices of Operators  Dominique Lorrain and Franck Poupeau

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Dominique Lorrain is Director of Research (emeritus) at CNRS, Latts, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France. 

Franck Poupeau is a Director of Research at CNRS and Director of the International Joint Center iGLOBES, based at the University of Arizona, USA.


"With its clear focus on the ultimate policy objective of water for all and the practices that lead to the achievement of this goal, Lorrain and Poupeau’s book offers rich insights as well as inspiration for the future research agenda." - Olivia Jensen in Water Alternatives, 2019