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The Age of Commodity: Water Privatization in Southern Africa

Abstract: 

In recent years, as globalization and market liberalization have marched forward unabated, the global commons continue to be commodified and privatized at a rapid pace. In this global process, the ownership, sale and supply of water are increasingly the flashpoints for debates and conflict over privatization, and nowhere is the debate more advanced or acute than in Southern Africa. This book provides an overview on the debates over water privatization and presents case studies of important water privatization initiatives in the region, drawing out crucial themes common to water privatization processes around the world including corruption, gender equity, and donor conditionalities. Buy this book

Author(s): 
David McDonald and Greg Ruiters
Publication Information: 
Earthscan, London
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Type: 
Book