Graduation Year

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.S.

Degree Granting Department

Geography

Major Professor

Martin Bosman, Ph.D.

Keywords

Private sector, Potable water, Water supply, Sanitation services, Sewerage services

Abstract

The water privatization project in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 1993 and 2006 serves as the main case study in this investigation. The study begins by introducing background information on neo-liberalism and free market capitalism and their role in promoting private sector participation in the water supply and sanitation (WSS) services industry. A comparative case study analysis of the Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Dolphin Coast, and United Kingdom case studies has revealed that there are some key similarities between the case studies. In the conclusion, the key similarities are analyzed to make broader implications about the nature of private sector participation in the WSS services industry.

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