The results of modernizing network industries : the case of urban water services in Europe

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Title
The results of modernizing network industries : the case of urban water services in Europe
Journal
Competititon and Regulation in Network Industries
Author(s)
Bolognesi T.
ISSN
1783-5917
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
15
Number
4
Pages
371-398
Language
english
Abstract
Since 1980's, the European Union favours regulatory reforms in network industries and the water sector appears to be the latest to be included in this. We deal with this issue while questioning the concept of "modernization of the Urban Water Systems in Europe" (UWSE). Th is process began in the second middle of 1990 and the Water framework directive (2000) constitutes its main element. Th ree core principles provide the basis for the modernization of UWSEs: 1/ a rationalisation of the public command; 2/ an increasing use of market mechanisms; 3/ the identifi cation of sustainable development goals. Aft er implementation it appears that many UWSEs
fall short of expectations.
Our analysis is concentrated on the impacts and the operating mechanisms, impacts of such reform. It is argue that modernization entails a change in the modalities of coordinating UWSEs, while intensifying and polarizing the problems of sustainability around economic issues. At an organizational level, modernization tends to depoliticize UWSEs and increase socio-institutional resilience. These two phenomena are mainly the result of hybridization of institutional arrangements in favour of the market. With respect to sustainability potential, the lack of coherence in the development of UWSEs re-regulation explains the relatively gloomy outlook.
Keywords
Institutional change, Network Industries, New Institutional Economics, Regulation, Urban water system
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