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Experience with private sector participation in Grenoble, France, and lessons on strengthening public water operations

Experience with private sector participation in Grenoble, France, and lessons on strengthening public water operations

Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308 and Hall, David (2007) Experience with private sector participation in Grenoble, France, and lessons on strengthening public water operations. Utilities Policy, 15 (2). pp. 93-109. ISSN 0957-1787 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2007.01.004)

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Abstract

This article looks at the experience with water supply reform in Grenoble, France, where, starting from 1989, different forms of private sector participation were introduced until the decision was made to revert to municipal operations. Identified risks of private operations include interest-seeking practices and a distribution of resources favourable to service providers, together with the high cost for local communities of exiting unsatisfactory deals. The new municipal operator has been able to improve performance in terms of contained pricing and enhanced investment. This can be explained in relation to the strengthening of accountability networks through advanced public participation and transparency.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper published in special issue of Utilities Policy, Volume 15, Issue 2 (June 2007) - entitled The Watertime Project, and edited by David Hall.
Uncontrolled Keywords: water supply, private sector participation, accountability networks
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2987

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