Facing the Challenges of Water Governance: Moving from the Public Versus Private Debate to Other (At Least) Equally Important Governance Issues
  • Simon Porcher
  • Stéphane SaussierEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice book series (PSWG)


Good water management is essential to human development, people’s well-being, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 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. When it comes to water governance issues, the private versus public management question stays at the core of the public debate, for ideological reasons but also for practical ones; when there is a need for investments the temptation to look for private finance is natural. We argue that it pushes to the background other issues which are at least equally important, such as the proper scale to operate water services, stakeholders’ engagement, or the need for independent regulatory agencies.


Water Governance Water Service Operators Increasing Block Tariffs (IBTs) Private Sector Participation Rigid Contracts 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business SchoolUniversity of Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneParisFrance

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