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Water remunicipalisation as a global trend: Calling for progressive policies

Water remunicipalisation as a global trend: Calling for progressive policies

Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308 (2017) Water remunicipalisation as a global trend: Calling for progressive policies. In: Proceedings of “Encuentro de Ciudades por el Agua Pública” City of Madrid, 3-4 November 2016. Red Agua Publica, Spain, Madrid, Spain.

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Abstract

Cities, regions and countries worldwide are increasingly choosing to close the book on water privatisation and to remunicipalise services by taking back public control over water and sanitation management. In many cases, this is a response to the false promises of private operators and their failure to put the needs of communities before profit. This paper looks at the growing remunicipalisation of water supply and sanitation services as an emerging global trend, and discusses the most complete overview of remunicipalisation cases so far. The remunicipalisation trend is a striking fact that could not be predicted as recently as 15 years ago, and that is redesigning the landscape of the global water sector. This trend contradicts neoliberal theorists, international financial institutions, and their expectations of superior private sector performance. Also, evidence increasingly points to remunicipalisation as a credible promise of a better future for public water services and their beneficiary communities. In brief, water remunicipalisation is a story crying out to be told.

This paper draws on two recent contributions, a book and a booklet, both collaborative efforts between activists, policy practitioners and academics with experience in the field. The main lessons arising from these essays are identified and offered as contributions to the Spanish and European debate. For details on the data and the case studies discussed in the paper, see the book and booklet which have been translated, respectively, in Catalan and Spanish among other languages.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of “Encuentro de Ciudades por el Agua Pública” City of Madrid, 3-4 November 2016
Additional Information: Conference paper presented at: “Encuentro de Ciudades por el Agua Pública”, City of Madrid, 3-4 November 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Water supply and sanitation; Remunicipalisation; Privatisation; Public-private partnerships; Public-public partnerships; Human right to water; Quality public services; Progressive policies.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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Last Modified: 17 Mar 2019 17:00
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15995

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