Has water privatization peaked? The future of public water governance

Bernard de Gouvello, Christopher A. Scott

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The privatization of water supply and institutional restructuring of water management - through decentralization and the penetration of global firms in local and regional markets - have been promoted as solutions to increase economic efficiency and achieve universal water supply and sanitation coverage. Yet a significant share of service provision and water resources development remains the responsibility of public authorities. The papers in this issue - with case evidence from Argentina, Chile, France, the USA, and other countries - address critical questions that dominate the international agenda on public versus private utilities, service provision, regulations, and resource development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalWater International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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