Freie Universität Berlin
Graduiertenkolleg: „Pfade organisatorischer Prozesse“
Email: thomas.blanchet @ fu-berlin.de
Breaking the policy path? The (non)diffusion of public-private partnerships in the German water sector.
This dissertation project looks at the recent evolution of the German water sector. Typically, German water operators are under municipal control and aim at fulfilling a public task. For several decades however, they have been confronted with a new environment, characterised by financial pressures, liberalisation threats and privatisation. While some city councils have decided to rely on a private partner in order to cope with this new environment, the diffusion of public-private partnerships has in general remained largely controversial. Under what circumstances do such partnerships occur? Taking the case of three German municipalities where contrasting water policies have unfold over time, this study focuses on the role of actor coalitions in maintaining or disrupting a water policy process and therefore aims at contributing to the conceptualisation of path breaking change
||Member of the doctoral program „Research on Organizational Paths“
||Master of Art, Sociology, University of Nantes, title of the master thesis : “Culture and Innovation in the water utilities. A comparative analysis Germany – France.
||Studies in Sociology at the university of Nantes and Leipzig
|11/2007 - 04/2008:
||Research assistant at the Centre Marc Bloch, project: “The learn paths of the territorial governance in the Eastern Europe”
|11/2006 - 07/2007:
||Master Thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UfZ (Leipzig/Halle), project: “Water 2050 – Chances for the German water management”
|06/2006 – 08/2008:
||Practical experience at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UfZ (Leipzig/Halle), project : “The evaluation of the Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index”
|10/2009 – 03/2010:||Lectureship in organisation theory at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt-University, Berlin|