Efficiency, Fairness and Innovation in Water Management. Theory and some Lessons from China

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    From the end of 1970s a political-ideological, and sometimes also an economic-analytical, debate on production and distribution of goods as energy, information, transport and water and sanitation has taken place. Politically the debat has taken place between liberalists and socialists with some pragmatics in between the two more extreme positions. Economic-analytically many contributions has in fact been connected to political-ideological positions without a strong empirically foundation about real effects of privatisation and marketisation of water and sanitation. In the paper we have made some research about efficiency, fairness and sustainability in five cases on privatisation and joint ventures between private companies and public authorities in China since mid-1990s. In some cases privatisation or joint ventures has been a succes in the three dimensions mentioned above. In other it has been a fiasco. Maybe water provision and sanitation can be delegated out to private agents but public authorities can not escape its responsibility in last resort.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInnovation systems promoting economic growth, social cohesion and good governance
    EditorsMaharajh, Rasigan
    Publication date2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventGlobelics Conference 2005 - Tswane University of Technology, Pretoria
    Duration: 5 Nov 1829 → …


    ConferenceGlobelics Conference 2005
    CityTswane University of Technology, Pretoria
    Period05/11/1829 → …


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