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Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation

Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation

Kishimoto, Satoko, Petitjean, Olivier and Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308 (2016) Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation. juridikum (2). pp. 251-260. ISSN 1019-5394 (Print), 2309-7477 (Online)

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This paper is an abridged version of the concluding chapter in the 2015 book "Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation". The first two sections of the paper looks at the problems with water privatisation in its various forms, including Public-Private Partnerships. A third section, introduces remunicipalisation (or reverse privatisation) as a viable remedy to the problems caused by water privatisation. Consideration is given to the determinants and the effects of remunicipalisation. After looking at the obstacles to remunicipalisation (such as international arbitration), the paper concludes by highlighting that public water operators established after remunicipalisation can and do prove themselves as innovators when it comes to social and environmental policies and building a new democratic culture. Finally, the paper emphasises the key role of citizen mobilisation in many cases of remunicipalisation; a mobilisation motivated by the public sector's comparative advantage to meet social and environmental objectives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Remunicipalisation; privatisation; water supply and sanitation; ownership; governance; public participation; efficiency; investment; social mobilisation; sustainable water development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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