Water, Politics and Money

A Reality Check on Privatization

Authors: Schiffler, Manuel

  • Discusses the benefits and consequences of privatization of water and sewer systems in nine countries
  • Includes case examples of public-private partnerships and outright sales of water companies
  • Covers failed privatization efforts in Bolivia and successful municipal water administration in Uganda and Cambodia
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About this book

This book reveals all that can potentially happen when a private company takes over a local water supply system, both the good and the bad. Backed by real life stories of water privatization in action, author Manuel Schiffler presents a nuanced picture free of spin or fear mongering.

Inside, readers will find a detailed analysis of the multiple forms of water privatization, from the outright sale of companies to various forms of public-private partnerships. After covering their respective strengths and weaknesses, it then compares them to purely publicly managed water utilities.

The book examines the privatization and the public management of water and sewer utilities in twelve countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Philippines, Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, Bolivia, Argentina and Cuba. Readers will come to understand how and why some utilities failed while others succeeded, including some that substantially increased access, became more efficient and improved service quality even in the poorest countries of the world.

It is natural that a private company taking over a local water supply system causes both fear and worry for consumers. With the aid of solid empirical evidence, this book argues that who manages the system is only half the story. Rather, it is the corporate culture of the utilities and the political culture of where they operate that more often than not determines performance and how well a community is served.

About the authors

Manuel Schiffler has worked for over twenty years on water management and water utilities in more than a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He worked as a researcher for the German Development Institute and as a project manager at the World Bank. He now supports water projects in developing countries at the German Development Bank KfW. He holds a diploma and a doctoral degree in economics from the Free University in Berlin.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Schiffler, Manuel

    Pages 1-13

  • Bolivia: The Cochabamba Water War and Its Aftermath

    Schiffler, Manuel

    Pages 17-26

  • Cuba: Water Privatization in a Socialist Country

    Schiffler, Manuel

    Pages 27-29

  • Argentina: A Flagship Privatization and Its Demise

    Schiffler, Manuel

    Pages 31-44

  • Egypt: Kafka on the Nile

    Schiffler, Manuel

    Pages 47-53

Buy this book

eBook $14.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-16691-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $19.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-16690-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $19.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36708-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Water, Politics and Money
Book Subtitle
A Reality Check on Privatization
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-16691-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-16691-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-16690-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36708-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 214
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
Topics