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Author Beveridge, Ross.

Title A politics of inevitability : the privatisation of the Berlin Water Company, the global city discourse, and governance in 1990s Berlin / Ross Beveridge
Published Wiesbaden : VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (234 pages)
Series VS research
VS research.
Summary This book provides a detailed analysis of the controversial privatisation of the Berlin Water Company (BWB) in 1999. As with other cases of privatisation around the world, the city's government argued there was no alternative in a context of public debts and economic restructuring. Drawing on post-structuralist theory, the analysis presented here steps outside the parameters of this neat, straightforward explanation. It problematises the 'hard facts' upon which the decision was apparently made, presenting instead an account in which facts can be political constructions shaped by normative assumptions and political strategies. A politics of inevitability in 1990s Berlin is revealed; one characterised by depoliticisation, expert-dominated policy processes and centred upon the perceived necessities of urban governance in the global economy. It is an account in which global and local dynamics mix: where the interplay between the general and the specific, between neoliberalism and politicking, and between globalisation and local actors characterise the discussion. ¡ This book is valuable reading for researchers in the fields of water politics, urban studies, policy studies and those with a general interest in post-structuralist theory
Analysis Social sciences
Political Science, general
Notes Diss.-- Newcastle University, 2010
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Berliner Wasser-Betriebe.
Water utilities -- Privatization -- Germany.
Berlin (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Genre/Form Academic theses.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3531182196
3531940562 (electronic bk.)
9783531940564 (electronic bk.)