Water Profits and Democracy
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Resisting Reform? by Kshithij Urs
Book DescriptionA wide range of people and organisations, united by either a belief in market-based economics or a financial stake in the water business or both, are convinced that water should primarily be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold so that all water services can cover their costs. To this end, they advocate private ownership of water supply with the underlying objective of profit generation. Unfortunately, the benefits of such reasoning are skewed, and while it has been put into practice around the world, many people have come out as losers in this bargain. Resisting Reform? Water Profits and Democracy critically examines the attempts that have been made to 'reform' Bangalore's water supply and situates them in their global and national context and in that of the city's broader development. It looks at how the 'reforms' have entered government policy and how they have been opposed, principally by the many poor in the city. This book also describes how involving private players is not the best way to ensure an equitable water supply and that treating water as a commodity is a dangerous principle to adopt for running any water service, be it public or private. This book will be a rich resource for professionals and activists working in the areas of natural resources management, globalisation, development studies and public policy. It will also be of much interest to research scholars and media and policy watchers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9788178298740
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Imprint: SAGE India
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: India
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Author Biography - Kshithij Urs
Kshithij Urs is a medical graduate from the Bangalore University and has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been an activist and a campaigner for the urban poor, the urban homeless and children in difficult circumstances since 1993. He has contributed significantly in building an award winning organisation-APSA (The Association for Promoting Social Action) that works with the poor in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He is also the director of Ants Eye View, a grassroots media centre. Presently, he heads the Karnataka regional office of ActionAid, an international NGO that works in over 40 countries around the world. He is also a founder member of the Campaign against Water Privatisation in Karnataka and has written various articles for the print media in India. Richard Whittell is from the UK. He lived in Bangalore during the bulk of events in the book. He is currently making a film about the UK Government's Department for International Development and the opposition to its work in India.
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