By Ross Beveridge

This e-book presents an in depth research of the debatable privatisation of the Berlin Water corporation (BWB) in 1999. As with different instances of privatisation around the globe, the city's executive argued there has been no replacement in a context of public accounts and fiscal restructuring. Drawing on post-structuralist idea, the research provided right here steps outdoors the parameters of this neat, elementary clarification. It problematises the 'hard evidence' upon which the choice used to be it sounds as if made, providing in its place an account within which proof should be political structures formed by way of normative assumptions and political options. A politics of inevitability in Nineties Berlin is printed; one characterized by means of depoliticisation, expert-dominated coverage methods and targeted upon the perceived must haves of city governance within the worldwide financial system. it's an account within which international and native dynamics combine: the place the interaction among the final and the explicit, among neoliberalism and politicking, and among globalisation and native actors characterise the dialogue.

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How can the continued promotion and implementation of privatisation be explained, given the potential for corruption and failure to achieve stated objectives? Privatisation of WSS services is not a policy which usually enjoys widespread public support. It has been strongly contested, rejected and reversed around the world since its rise in the early 1990s. It has the capacity to divide, with contradictory empirical evidence produced by opponents and supporters. If privatisation cannot be objectively proven to be superior to public forms of management, then it must be understood in terms of the theoretical and normative claims that underpin it.

The early 1990s witnessed fundamental shifts in political discourse, especially that concerning the role of the state and markets. In the wake of the collapse of communism, discourses of globalisation and neo-liberalism rose to prominence. It is important to consider the relationships between the two because both are fundamental to the analysis of the BWB partial privatisation and urban governance in 1990s Berlin. The reunification of the city was only part of the story of 1990s governance in Berlin.

With the rise of neo-liberalism, and more particularly ‘managerialism’ in government, private sector consultants have become more influential in policymaking. The relationships between knowledge, values and policy-making The contestation of existing political practices and the reforms that sometimes emerge from them is a defining feature of governing in democracies. Governmental practices and state-society relations are defined through contests between competing claims about the world and the role of government within it.

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