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The Age of Commodity: Water Privatization in Southern Africa

By: David A McDonald and Greg Ruiters

272 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #150223 | ISBN: 1844071340
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An overview on the debates over water privatisation, including a conceptual overview, how it relates to human rights, and macro-economic policy.


Introduction; Part I: Theory and Practice; Theorizing Water Privatization; The Constitutional Implications of Commercializing Water; Turning Off the Taps on the GATS; The New Water Architecture of SADC; Part II: Case Studies in South Africa; Entrenching Inequalities; Managing the Poor by Remote Control; A Political Economy of Public Private Contracts; Public Money, Private Failure; The Murky Waters of Second Wave Neoliberalism; 'Free Water' as Commodity; The Rise and Fall of Water Privatization in Rural South Africa; Part III: Case Studies in the Region; Stillborn in Harare; Fixing Failed Privatization With More Privatization; The New Face of Conditionalities; Water Privatization in Namibia; Alternatives to Privatization; Bibliography, Index

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David A McDonald is Director of the Development Studies Programme at Queen's University, Canada. Greg Ruiters is Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa.

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