De-privatisation and remunicipalisation of urban services through the pendulum swing: Evidence from Germany

Weber, Gabriel, Frahm, Gunnar and Cabras, Ignazio (2016) De-privatisation and remunicipalisation of urban services through the pendulum swing: Evidence from Germany. Journal of Cleaner Production, 236. p. 117555. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

This paper explores and examines the distribution of environmental conflicts in Germany between 1985 and 2015, analysing the main causes for environmental conflicts related to privatisation and de-privatisation processes of urban services in 80 German cities. Using information collected via means of a Delphi Method based on focus groups with experts, we identify 90 cases of large-scale privatisation initiatives involving urban services occurred in different fields within the period considered. In 38 cases, privatisation was reversed due to initiatives undertaken by environmental justice organisations and other local grassroots groups promoting de-privatisation and re-municipalisation. In another 30 cases, privatisation was prevented as a result of these initiatives. Findings from our analysis indicate that de-privatisation initiatives and potential conflicts related to them are frequently driven by grassroots organisations promoting the provision of commons-based urban services. Our findings also suggest that privatising services in the energy, water supply and waste management sectors is likely to negatively affect the quality of service supply and increasing prices for urban residents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable cities, Privatisation and de-privatisation, Remunicipalisation, Services and utilities, Urban areas, Polanyi's pendulum
Subjects: N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2019 08:13
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39930

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