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An Uncooperative Commodity: Privatizing Water in England and Wales (2004)

The privatization of water supply is an emotive and controversial topic. The ‘British model’ of water privatization is unique: no other country has entirely privatized its water supply and sewerage systems. This book analyzes the socio-economic and environmental dimensions in privatization in England and Wales. It examines the implications of privatization for consumers, environmental management, and the water supply industry. View here. 

Economic History Review

— "A very welcome examination of the water industry and its peculiarities. There is a good long-term survey of the structure of the industry through its successive phases before privatization, including the corporatization and nationalization of the postwar period. The real strength lies in Bakker's attempt to link history, economics, geography, and environment in charting the contours of the industry and its future."