A politics of inevitability (Book Review)

Publications, Research


Was the decision to partially privatize Berlin’s Water Company in 1999 inevitable, as the dominant view holds, or could things have been different? This is the question Ross Beveridge addresses in his recent book, which I reviewed for Critical Policy Studies. The strength of Ross’ account is that both answers are correct. To some extent, this privatization really was inevitable in 1999, but not because it was inevitable per se. Rather, it was made inevitable in a process of discursive framing and translation, which Ross sets out to reconstruct.

Simons, Arno. 2013. “A Politics of Inevitability. The Privatization of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse, and Governance in 1990s Berlin, by Ross Beveridge.Critical Policy Studies 7(1):92–95.

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