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Privatizing Water - 9780801474644

Un libro in lingua di Karen Bakker edito da Cornell Univ Pr, 2010

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Bakker (water governance, U. of British Columbia, Canada) analyzes privatization of urban water provision as an environmental and socioeconomic phenomenon, treating it simultaneously as a governance issue that involves overlapping roles played by government, private companies, and community actors. She addresses why privatization has emerged as an increasingly widespread mode of water supply management. She then looks at the arguments of proponents and opponents of privatization and assesses whether privatization is capable of meeting proponents' expectations, particularly with regard to water supply for the urban poor in developing countries. Finally, having identified ways in which privatization works to exclude the urban poor from accessing water, she considers alternatives to privatization, including government-private partnerships, limiting the scale of private water companies, and legal reform to create water commons. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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