Facing the Challenges of Water Governance

  • Simon Porcher
  • Stéphane Saussier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Simon Porcher, Stéphane Saussier
    Pages 1-28
  3. María A. García-Valiñas
    Pages 29-55
  4. Lorenzo Bardelli, Paola Valbonesi
    Pages 57-83
  5. Jaime Melo Baptista
    Pages 85-109
  6. Simon Porcher
    Pages 111-132
  7. Astrid Cullmann, Julia Rechlitz, Caroline Stiel
    Pages 133-153
  8. UK
    Emanuele Lobina
    Pages 155-188
  9. Salvador Bertoméu-Sánchez, Tomás Serebrisky
    Pages 189-221
  10. Antonio Estache
    Pages 223-257
  11. CEE
    Michael Klien, Maria Salvetti
    Pages 259-289
  12. Olivia Jensen
    Pages 291-319
  13. US
    Dan Zhao, A. Wren Montgomery
    Pages 321-345
  14. Takuya Urakami
    Pages 347-366

About this book


Access to water is one of the most pressing global issues of the twenty-first century, particularly when set against the background of a rapidly growing global population. This book provides a cutting-edge, comprehensive overview of the challenges facing water governance and regulatory choices. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals set forward an ambitious agenda of providing universal access to good quality water supply and sanitation services within a financially constrained environment: however, the various peculiarities of each country regarding water governance makes it difficult to identify and implement the best practices and benchmarks. Drawing together empirical studies from countries around the world, the editors and contributors combine extensive data to review the individual challenges facing each country, from the supervision of autonomous regulatory bodies to the question of centralization and the influence of local utility companies. This pioneering and practical volume will be of interest and value not only to students and scholars of water governance, but also to practitioners and regulators. 

Simon Porcher is Associate Professor of Management and vice-director of the Economics of Public-Private Partnership Chair at Sorbonne Business School, IAE Paris, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. He specialises the study of privatization of water public services in France, the UK and Chile and is expanding his research into China, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Stéphane Saussier is Director of the Water research area at the Florence School of Regulation, Italy, and Professor of Economics and Management at the Sorbonne Business School, France. Specialising in issues of water governance, he regularly contributes to reports for international institutions such as the OECD and the European Parliament. 


water governance water policy environmental management sanitation access to water privatization water regulation sustainable development Sustainable Development Goals economics of water

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Porcher
    • 1
  • Stéphane Saussier
    • 2
  1. 1.IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business SchoolUniversity of Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneParisFrance
  2. 2.IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business SchoolUniversity of Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98514-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98515-2
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