The Water Business - 
      Ann-Christin Sjolander Holland

The Water Business

Corporations versus People

* Privatization of water supplies began in England in 1989 under Margaret Thatcher; in the ten years that followed, nearly 10 billion went in profits to the new water companies.

* Today, two giant corporations, Veolia and Suez, control 80% of the international private water market and have some 300 million customers. Les mer
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* Privatization of water supplies began in England in 1989 under Margaret Thatcher; in the ten years that followed, nearly 10 billion went in profits to the new water companies.

* Today, two giant corporations, Veolia and Suez, control 80% of the international private water market and have some 300 million customers.

* Protests have broken out in developing country after country - Bolivia, Argentina, Ghana, South Africa. The water giants are switching to new markets in China, North America and Europe. Meanwhile well over a billion people still lack access to clean water supplies.

This book tells the graphic story behind these facts and figures. The author travels Latin America, Africa and Europe to find out what actually happened. She interviews the poor, the experts, the corporate executives and bring us a story much more complicated that simply public versus private provision, or innovative mixes of the two. The ultimate question is this: should water be something which we as citizens in democratic societies should decide on the provision of and access to, or the commercial corporations? Is water a human right or just another tradeable commodity?
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Forlag: Zed Books Ltd
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 304
ISBN: 9781842775646
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SERIE:
VURDERING
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Part I: Water as a global commodity

1. Mountain water: a commodity for Saudi businessmen
2. England and Wales: where it all began
3. Two global giants
4. The water war in Cochabamba
5. Tucuman, Argentina: the watershed?
6. Water and the poor in Rosario and Buenos Aires
7. The flagship of privatization is sinking
8. The story in South Africa


Part II: Private solutions: for and against

9. Companies and their strategies
10. Public funds, private solutions: the World Bank and the IMF
11. From public to private monopoly: Ghana and Guinea
12. Kenya: the problems of rural water supply
13. The global water club
14. The big players reassess risk
15. The global protest movement
16. Taking responsibility in the developing world
17. Public not private, people not profits
18. GATS and the democratic deficit
19. Monitoring the private water business
20. Public-public partnerships: a new global model
21. Other voices and opinions


Part III: Water privatisation in Europe

22. Europe: a growing market?
23. England and Wales revisited


Part IV: People and corporations

24. Why should we care?
25. Private or public water? A stakeholder review
26. The politics of water: is the tide finally turning?
Ann-Christin Sjoelander Holland is a prize-winning Swedish journalist, now working for Kommunalarbetaren, the biggest trade union magazine in Sweden. In recent years, she has specialized in writing articles about how privatization affects employees and the different ways in which commercial companies now operate within the public sector. In researching this book, she travelled extensively in Latin America, Africa and Europe.