Dispossessing H2O: the contested terrain of water privatization

  title={Dispossessing H2O: the contested terrain of water privatization},
  author={Erik Swyngedouw},
  journal={Capitalism Nature Socialism},
  pages={81 - 98}
  • E. Swyngedouw
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Economics
  • Capitalism Nature Socialism
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