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Public Services in Spain: The Role of Water Supply Companies

Juan Manuel Matés-Barco ()
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Juan Manuel Matés-Barco: University of Jaén

Chapter Chapter 9 in Companies and Entrepreneurs in the History of Spain, 2021, pp 135-159 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract This chapter is a study about private drinking water supply companies in Spain between 1840 and 1936. The first objective is to consider the role they occupied within the Spanish business context. The appearance of these companies was determined by the very nature of the business—a regulated public service—anchored to the structure of the natural monopoly and the administrative concession. The second objective is to analyse the business strategy practised by companies to dominate the market, while describing their main characteristics: terms of concessions, stability and survival over time.

Keywords: Water supply; Public services; Companies; Spain; nineteenth and twentieth centuries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-61318-1_9

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