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Establishing a new water tariff method that complies with european principles and respects statutory autonomy: The case of South Tyrol

Giulia Romano, Andrea Guerrini and Thomas Senoner

Utilities Policy, 2020, vol. 64, issue C

Abstract: This paper describes a path-dependent regulatory process to define a new water-tariff calculation method for European regions and provinces requiring context-specific regulation. In 2017, South Tyrol, an autonomous province in north Italy, decided to design a new water tariff-setting method. The case of South Tyrol illustrates the application of the action research method. It offers insights on the regulatory tools available to define new water-tariff methods that comply with national and international frameworks, while considering contextual specificities that require simplicity (i.e., clarity and administrative ease). The results encourage using different regulatory instruments, following a contingency approach, to create diverse tariff structures.

Keywords: Water-tariff method; Action research method; South Tyrol (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2020.101050

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