Water Privatisation: Too Much Regulation?

8 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2004

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Colin Robinson

University of Surrey - Department of Economics

Abstract

Water privatisation has had some success in allowing capital to be raised without going to government, in improving efficiency and in depoliticising industry decisions. But there is little sign of the liberalisation that, in other privatised utilities (notably gas and electricity), has been so beneficial to customers. It is time to reconsider the view that 'water is different' and to examine how to liberalise the water market. Two necessary steps appear to be to separate the pipeline networks from other activities and to adopt a more light-handed approach to environmental and quality regulation.

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Colin, Water Privatisation: Too Much Regulation?. Economic Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 24-31, September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=591413

Colin Robinson (Contact Author)

University of Surrey - Department of Economics ( email )

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Surrey GU2 7XH
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