By Ross Beveridge
This e-book offers an in depth research of the arguable privatisation of the Berlin Water corporation (BWB) in 1999. As with different situations of privatisation all over the world, the city’s govt argued there has been no substitute in a context of public bills and financial restructuring. Drawing on post-structuralist concept, the research offered the following steps outdoor the parameters of this neat, straight forward rationalization. It problematises the ‘hard evidence’ upon which the choice used to be it seems that made, providing as a substitute an account within which evidence could be political buildings formed by way of normative assumptions and political thoughts. A politics of inevitability in Nineteen Nineties Berlin is printed; one characterized through depoliticisation, expert-dominated coverage approaches and targeted upon the perceived must haves of city governance within the international economic system. it's an account within which worldwide and native dynamics combine: the place the interaction among the final and the categorical, among neoliberalism and politicking, and among globalisation and native actors characterise the discussion.
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Extra resources for A Politics of Inevitability: The Privatisation of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse, and Governance in 1990s Berlin
There had, as a result of the Depression, World War 2 and widespread decolonisation processes, been a general consensus in most Western industrialised countries that the state should control key utilities and economic sectors such as defence and steel (Megginson and Netter 2001, 325). There were, however, notable exceptions. What has been described as the “first ideologically motivated denationalization programme of the postwar era” was in 1960s West Germany (Megginson et al. 1996, 118). The centre-right government of Konrad Adenauer partially privatised state-owned companies such as Volkswagen, which it had inherited from the Prussian state.
In Europe, the Mayor of Paris announced in 2008 that the contract with the private water company would not be renewed when it expired in 2009. g. Grenoble) while, elsewhere around the world, privatisation was reversed in cities like Atlanta in the USA, where the partnership with Suez-owned subsidiary, United Water, was cancelled by the city government in 2003. At the national level privatisation has also been reversed in Uruguay, for example (Hall et al. 2005, 292), and in the Netherlands water privatisation was even made illegal in 2004 (Hall et al.
Similarly, “world cities” are locations for the headquarters of multinational companies, where their expertise, management and research functions are concentrated (Beaverstock et al. 1999). Alternatively, Castell’s (1989 in Cochrane and Passmore 2001, 341) “informational cities”, are key points of production, expertise and leadership that arise as a consequence of the emergence of the information based network society. The emphasis, regardless of the differences, is that cities are in a competitive system: that if the control of world trade has become much more centralised through globalisation, then national and city governments have increasingly acted to ensure their countries and cities remain competitive (Gleeson and Low 2000, 7).