By Ross Beveridge
This e-book offers a close research of the arguable privatisation of the Berlin Water corporation (BWB) in 1999. As with different situations of privatisation around the globe, the city’s govt argued there has been no replacement in a context of public accounts and fiscal restructuring. Drawing on post-structuralist idea, the research awarded the following steps outdoor the parameters of this neat, hassle-free clarification. It problematises the ‘hard proof’ upon which the choice used to be it appears made, offering as a substitute an account during which evidence may be political buildings formed by means of normative assumptions and political techniques. A politics of inevitability in Nineteen Nineties Berlin is printed; one characterized by way of depoliticisation, expert-dominated coverage methods and concentrated upon the perceived prerequisites of city governance within the worldwide economic system. it truly is an account within which worldwide and native dynamics combine: the place the interaction among the overall and the explicit, among neoliberalism and politicking, and among globalisation and native actors characterise the discussion.
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In such accounts, the ‘political’, contestable character of privatisation disappears, obscured in particular by the apparent economic benefits to be had from its implementation. If there is contest and conflict, this is seen to be representative of economically unrealistic objectives, ‘outdated’ thinking or political dogma. Hence, the ‘there is no alternative’ mantra of Thatcher’s government. Throughout the 1990s supporters of privatisation presented it as a necessary response of government to economic globalisation: the apparent shift in the organisation of the global economy away from the system centred on and dominated by the traditional state (Swyngedouw 2004, 27).
It might seem strange to emphasise this, given the protests water privatisation has sometimes provoked, but privatisation has at least to some become not only a ‘normal’, but even an apolitical policy ‘tool’. Implemented by governments of both the Left and Right, reflective of an apparently ‘postideological’ politics, privatisation has spread rapidly around the world since the 1980s. Proponents of privatisation often talk or write of it in terms which suggest its merits are virtually self-evident: that it will lead to greater efficiency, better services, higher environmental standards, wider ownership in society through the sale of shares and even counter corruption through reducing the role of the state (Kay and Thompson 1986, 19; Poole 1996, 2-4).
2004). In fact, despite the waves of privatisation from the 1980s onwards, overall private sector participation remains limited and the prospects for growth in the future poor (Swyngedouw 2009b, 51). Indeed, water multinationals such as Veolia and French rivals Suez have been gradually withdrawing from the market since 2003 (Hall and Lobina 2008, 3). Despite this trend and moves to re-municipalisation, the future of privatisation in WSS is not clear-cut. It is still being implemented in countries such as China and in Spain it has steadily grown over the past few decades (Sauri et al.
A Politics of Inevitability: The Privatisation of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse, and Governance in 1990s Berlin by Ross Beveridge