Towards Legitimate Water Governance? The partially privatized Berlin waterworks

Eva Lieberherr*, Andreas Klinke, Matthias Finger

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This article addresses how and to what extent a governance mode can legitimately provide public services. A single case study of the partially privatized Berlin Waterworks is used to analyse the level of input and output legitimacy as well as potential trade-offs between the criteria emerging in a public-private partnership (PPP) in the water supply and sanitation sectors. While the Berlin Waterworks as a PPP leads to a lower level of resource protection and public acceptance, it leads to a higher level of efficiency and profitability than under the previous public model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-946
Number of pages24
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • effectiveness
  • efficiency
  • legitimacy
  • public-private partnership
  • Water governance


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