Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead

46 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2018

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Simon Porcher

IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School

Stéphane Saussier

Sorbonne Business School

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

Governments have largely turned to public-private partnerships (PPPs) to manage public services. Although it is difficult to analyze PPPs as discrete and alternative forms of public service organization, they all constitute some forms of partial outsourcing of activities that contribute to the realization of a public service. In water industries, the most common form of PPPs is the concession, in which a private firm finances and operates the public service of water while the infrastructure remains public. This report seeks to answer the question of whether PPPs have contributed successfully to the quality and improvement of water public services all around the world. The paper is organized in three sections. In the first section, the different supposed advantages and costs of PPPs are presented. The second section reviews some of the most important studies on the efficiency of PPPs in water industries. The last section provides some recommendations to improve the use of PPPs in water public services.

Keywords: Water, public-private partnerships, private participation, privatization

Suggested Citation

Porcher, Simon and Saussier, Stéphane, Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead (December 2018). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2018/64, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3296332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3296332

Simon Porcher (Contact Author)

IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School ( email )

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Stéphane Saussier

Sorbonne Business School

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Paris, 75005
France

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