chapter  2
16 Pages

Economic Regulation

WithEsther Gerlach, Richard Franceys

In view of the enormous challenge for regulation in the global water and sanitation sector, this chapter aims to examine the situation from an academic research perspective. The existing body of knowledge on the subject of water utilities regulation has been reviewed and the chapter presents key concepts and regulatory developments in high-and lower-income countries in the field of economic regulation and the social responsibilities it has taken on. Works of academics and practitioners have been included, mapping out different perspectives and contentious issues. Much in the same way that the review informed the research at the planning stage and continues to inform its analysis, it now introduces the reader to the ‘regulatory challenge’ ahead.