Liquid Asset: How Business and Government Can Partner to Solve the Freshwater Crisis (Hardcover)

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Liquid Asset: How Business and Government Can Partner to Solve the Freshwater Crisis (Hardcover)


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A sweeping, policy-oriented account of the private and public management of the world's essential natural resource.

Governments dominated water management throughout the twentieth century. Tasked with ensuring a public supply of clean, safe, reliable, and affordable water, governmental agencies controlled water administration in most of the world. They built the dams, reservoirs, and aqueducts that store water when available and move that water to areas with increasing populations and economies. Private businesses sometimes played a part in managing water, but typically in a supporting position as consultants or contractors. Today, given the global need for innovative new technologies, institutions, and financing to solve the freshwater crisis, private businesses and markets are playing a rapidly expanding role, bringing both new approaches and new challenges to a historically public field.

In Liquid Asset, Barton H. Thompson, Jr. examines the growing position of the private sector in the "business of water." Thompson seeks to understand the private sector's involvement in meeting the water needs of both humans and the environment, looks at the potential risks that growing private involvement poses to the public interest in water, and considers the obstacles that private organizations face in trying to participate in a traditionally governmental sector. Thompson provides a richly detailed analysis to foster both improved public policy and responsible business behavior. As the book demonstrates, the story of private businesses and water offers a window into the serious challenges facing freshwater today, and their potential solutions.

Barton H. Thompson, Jr. is Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School, Professor of Environmental Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He has written and co-authored several books, his most recent being Environmental Law and Policy, 5th edition (2019).
Product Details ISBN: 9781503632417
ISBN-10: 1503632415
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English