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The dynamics of privatization and regulation of water services: a comparative study of two Spanish regions

Germà Bel (), Francisco González-Gómez and Andres Picazo-Tadeo ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Francisco González-Gómez ()

International Journal of Water Resources Development, 2013, vol. 29, issue 3, 373-384

Abstract: As in other economic activities, privatization of water delivery has not resulted in the retreat of the public sector, but rather a change in the way in which the government intervenes in the water industry. This paper illustrates this situation by comparing urban water services in two Spanish regions, Andalusia and Catalonia. Water service delivery is structured very differently in these two regions with respect to private involvement, the degree of market concentration and, as a result, problems in competition. The characteristics of the two regions' respective regulatory agencies reflect the different paths taken to privatization: in Catalonia private firms have much more tradition and operate throughout the region; in Andalusia their introduction has been much more recent and limited in scope.

Date: 2013
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