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The cyclical trend of local public service governance: evidence from urban water management in Spain


  • Alberto Ruiz Villaverde

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Applied Economics)

  • Miguel A. García-Rubio

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Applied Economics)

  • Francisco González-Gómez

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Applied Economics)


The level of public and private involvement in economic activity in societies has changed over time. One may talk about the existence of a cyclical trend in which the most important periods of public governance are replaced by periods in which private management dominates the situation. This phenomenon may also be observed in local areas. Some authors have pointed out the existence of an alternation in the provision of municipal services, resulting in periods dominated by governance compared to other stages dominated by private management. In order to illustrate this cyclical trend at local level, this paper intends to analyze the evolution of the governance of the Spanish water supply since the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Recent evidence from the industry suggests the possibility that we may currently be witnessing a further change in the trend.

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  • Alberto Ruiz Villaverde & Miguel A. García-Rubio & Francisco González-Gómez, 2009. "The cyclical trend of local public service governance: evidence from urban water management in Spain," FEG Working Paper Series 09/05, Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Granada).
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:fegper:09/05

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