Competition and Economic Regulation in Water

The Future of the European Water Industry


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Author(s): T Ballance
A Taylor

Publication Date: 01/02/2005

Pages: 156

Binding: Hardback

ISBN13: 9781843390497

eISBN: 9781780402963

Categories: Policy & governance

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Competition and Economic Regulation in Water: The Future of the European Water Industry reviews the main developments in economic regulation and competition in the European water industry and considers ways in which economic regulation and competition should be further developed. 

The book focusses on the best means of regulating or introducing competition into the industry in light of its present structure.

Competition and Regulation in Water: The Future of the European Water Industry concentrates on the water industry, however, many of the conclusions are equally applicable also to the wastewater industry.


  • Introduction
  • Water industry fundamentals: the rationale for regulation and the scope for competition
  • A framework for evaluating different models of water industry regulation
  • England & Wales: private ownership and independent regulation
  • France: competition for the market and contract-based regulation
  • Germany: public-private partnerships and multi-sector utilities
  • Developing water sector regulatory frameworks in less developed countries
  • Appendix: The legislative framework for the water industry in England & Wales

T Ballance

A Taylor

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