Water democracy

Reclaiming public water in Asia
29 November 2007
Book

Compilation of 19 new essays written by civil society activists, trade unionists and other water practitioners in Asia on the fight against water privatisation and the experiences of building progressive public alternatives.

"Water Democracy: Reclaiming Public Water in Asia" is a compilation of 19 new essays written by civil society activists, trade unionists and other water practitioners. The essays show that the privatization wave has far from come to a halt in Asia: from India and Indonesia to Japan and South Korea (where public water delivery has been very successful), neoliberal governments promote privatisation as the way forward. At the same time the essay collection also highlights a very different trend: democratisation and other progressive reforms of public water management are gaining ground in Asia, providing an attractive alternative to privatisation.