Dynamics and essential components in the process of returning to public water management within the intermunicipality of Montpellier in 2014: sociology of an eminently political decision - Aristide Mamilo

In recent years, the private water management model has seemed to become the dominant model. In France, the proportion of public service delegation is almost reversed compared to the rest of the world: nearly 80% of the water supply is managed by Suez, Veolia and Saur. Since the end of the 1980s, there has been a general mood that private management of all assets is much better than public management, which is supposedly bureaucratic and inefficient.

This view of governance has been in crisis since the mid-2000s as it has come up against a movement advocating the remunicipalization of water. This has been demonstrated in many cities in France and in the majority of European cities, emphasizing the fact that public management that involves citizens, politicians and employees of the public utility in the decision-making process can enable social and sustainable management that protects this natural resource.

 

The question of the choice of management methods from ideological, political, technical, economic and environmental angles, etc., has been the subject of numerous studies, tending to demonstrate that the choices made by decision-makers were only made from purely universalist aspects. However, in the light of the example of Montpellier in 2014, I wish to demonstrate that a study of the mental schemes of decision-makers can transcend this debate and provide a better understanding of what is at stake in local authorities that change the management mode of their services.

 

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Key words: Public water management, public service delegation, public policy, sociology of decision-making, governance, management modes, remunicipalization, Montpellier

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    PhD Student: Aristide Mamilo
    Phone : 0644924051
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  • THESIS INFORMATION:
    Doctoral school: Ecole Doctorale Droit et Science Politique
    Thesis Director: Emmanuel Negrier (CEPEL),
    Supervisors: Lætitia Guérin (GEAU), Sylvain Baronne (GEAU)
    Start date: 10/12/2021
    Defense date: XX/XX/2024
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