A Politics of Inevitability: The Privatisation of the Berlin by Ross Beveridge

By Ross Beveridge

This publication presents a close research of the arguable privatisation of the Berlin Water corporation (BWB) in 1999. As with different circumstances of privatisation around the globe, the city’s executive argued there has been no replacement in a context of public money owed and financial restructuring. Drawing on post-structuralist concept, the research offered right here steps open air the parameters of this neat, uncomplicated rationalization. It problematises the ‘hard proof’ upon which the choice was once it seems that made, featuring as a substitute an account during which proof may be political structures formed by way of normative assumptions and political concepts. A politics of inevitability in Nineties Berlin is printed; one characterized via depoliticisation, expert-dominated coverage procedures and concentrated upon the perceived prerequisites of city governance within the worldwide economic climate. it's an account during which international and native dynamics combine: the place the interaction among the final and the categorical, among neoliberalism and politicking, and among globalisation and native actors characterise the discussion.

Show description

Read or Download A Politics of Inevitability: The Privatisation of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse, and Governance in 1990s Berlin PDF

Best environmental science books

Application of Hydrodynamic Cavitation in Environmental Engineering

Containing the cutting-edge in hydrodynamic cavitation, the booklet includes elements. the 1st half offers the actual foundation of cavitation and a scientific type of assorted forms of cavitation and their formation assets. distinct recognition is paid to a gaggle of things that advertise cavitation formation in common drinks.

Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook

A part of the SAGE Reference sequence on management, this 2-volume set tackles concerns suitable to management within the realm of our environment and sustainability. quantity 1 of Environmental management: A Reference instruction manual considers such themes as environmental proposal management (environmental ethics, conservation, eco-feminism, collective motion and the commons and what we have now termed contrarians); political management (the environmental problem context for the expression of political leadership); governmental management (government tasks to supply management in environmental management); inner most region management (private area management in environmental administration as participants, via enterprises or via particular initiatives); nonprofit management (nonprofit quarter management in topical parts corresponding to conservation, advocacy, philanthropy and fiscal development); signaling occasions (events and their effect at the workout of environmental management via person, political and organizational actions); grassroots activism (profiles of person environmental activists and concerns of ways environmental management is exercised via activism); environmental management in journalism, literature and the humanities; and environmental management in schooling.

Extra info for A Politics of Inevitability: The Privatisation of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse, and Governance in 1990s Berlin

Example text

Most privatisations were partial, with the state maintaining a significant share. 5 Billion with the state maintaining roughly 30% (Beyer and Hopner 2003, 188). Other privatisations included Deutsche Lufthansa and the Bundesdruckerei. In total the Federal Government made in the region of €19 Billion between 1994-2000. This occurred within broader reforms of Germany’s approach to economic governance, bringing it into line with global economic trends: symbolised, for example, in the move of major companies like Daimler-Benz to “shareholder-oriented” practices (Beyer and Hopner 2003, 180).

As Peck and Tickell (2002, 34) state, it was a period in which neo-liberalism became the “commonsense of the times”. This study does not aim to explain how neo-liberalism became so globally dominant in this period, how it came to have a power which was as “compelling” as it was “intangible” (Peck and Tickell 2002, 34). This is, rather, the backdrop to a study that seeks to explore how neo-liberalism was reproduced in the particularly symbolic context of the reunified Berlin. After decades of isolation Berlin was thrust back into the global economy.

Globally integrated markets and globally-oriented strategies. While the true significance of these processes is contested, the discourse of globalisation refers to the apparent shift in the organisation of the global economy away from the system centred on and dominated by the traditional state (Swyngedouw 2004, 27). It became a self-evident, virtually incontestable set of arguments and beliefs in the 1990s (Swyngedouw 2004, 27). It was also to become entwined with the discourse of neo-liberalism.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.58 of 5 – based on 50 votes