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Innovative Water Sector PPP in Tirupur, India

Innovative Water Sector PPP in Tirupur, India



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Managing Political Risk Through Increased Local Participation:Innovations in Water Sector PSP from Tirupur, IndiabyMichael D. BrownB.A. Peace and Global StudiesEarlham College, 1992SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNINGIN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OFMASTER IN CITY PLANNINGAT THEMASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYFEBRUARY 2006©2006 Michael D. Brown. All rights reserved.The author hereby grants to MIT permission to reproduceand to distribute publicly paper and electroniccopies of this thesis document in whole or in part.Signature of Author:Department of Urban Studies and PlanningSeptember 16, 2005Certified by:Lawrence SusskindFord Professor of Urban and Environmental PlanningThesis SupervisorAccepted by:Langley KeyesFord Professor of City and Regional PlanningChair, MCP Committee
 Managing Political Risk Through Increased Local Participation: Innovations in WaterSector PSP from Tirupur, IndiabyMichael D. BrownSubmitted to the Department of Urban Studies and Planningon September 16, 2005 in partial fulfillment of therequirements for the Degree of Master of City PlanningABSTRACTUsing primary data from an innovative water project in Tirupur, India, with findings fromtwo well-documented water projects in Latin America, this thesis asks: How mightgreater equity participation and decision-making authority among a broad base of usersinsulate against key political risks that have frustrated previous attempts at waterprivatization?I utilize concepts from the political risk literature, which have mainly been applied to theextractive and manufacturing industries, and extend this consideration to the water sector.I present preliminary findings, based on research in India, that suggest increased localparticipation can lessen the severity of key political risks that are common to privatesector participation (PSP) in the water sector. These early findings challenge theconventional wisdom about water privatization and suggest a means to improve thedesign of future PSPs to reduce some of the risks and controversy that have come tocharacterize the sector.Thesis Supervisor: Lawrence SusskindTitle: Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental PlanningThesis Reader: Balakrishnan RajagopalTitle: Ford International Assistant Professor of Law and Development 3

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