Title: Privatisation and corporate governance in emerging economies: What went wrong with Aguas Argentinas S.A.?

Authors: Marcela Porporato, Peter T. Robbins

Addresses: Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, School of Administrative Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3, Canada. ' Faculty of Math, Computing and Technology, Development Policy and Practice, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK

Abstract: Here is explored corporate governance role in privatised water companies in emerging economies. Private parts contracts are periodically renegotiated due to externalities and information asymmetries. In this context, governance mechanisms are of critical importance as illustrated in the case study of the city of Buenos Aires where water services privatised in 1993 were re-nationalised in 2006. The failure is traced to regulations, including the regulatory control body, coupled with the company|s reluctance of having transparent and open governance mechanisms. The failure is linked with fuzzy and weak corporate governance, a common problem in emerging economies eager to attract private investors.

Keywords: privatisation; corporate governance; regulation; regulatory institutions; water industry; sewage industry; regulatory bodies; Aguas Argentinas; developing economies; emerging economies; business research; contracts; nationalisation; Buenos Aires; transparency; open governance; private investment; Argentina.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2010.032292

International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 2010 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.187 - 209

Available online: 29 Mar 2010 *

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