Skip navigation

The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies

The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies

Hall, David and Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308 (2012) The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies. In: Katko, Tapio, Juuti, Petri S. and Schwartz, Klaas, (eds.) Water Services Management and Governance: Lessons for a Sustainable Future. Governance and Management for Sustainable Water Systems Series . IWA Publishing, London, UK, pp. 123-132. ISBN 9781780400228

Full text not available from this repository.


Private water companies largely died out by the start of the 20th century with municipalities and governments taking over the role of investors and operators. The survival of French private companies enabled them to re-launch their business in the favourable climate of neoliberal politics, first in France in the 1980s and then globally, encouraged by international financial institutions. Widespread public resistance and inability to devise a profitable economic model for universal provision drove back these advances, and by the early 21st century the companies had largely withdrawn into engineering and service contracts. In France and elsewhere a process of re-municipalisation has already begun.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter 11, in Section III: From Government to Governance.
Uncontrolled Keywords: water, multinationals, privatisation, remunicipalisation, development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2019 17:00

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item