Skip to main content

Disclaimer

The copyright of the documents on this site remains with the original publishers. The documents may therefore not be redistributed commercially without the permission of the original publishers.

Locations

Regulatory capture revisited : is there an anti-corruption agenda in regulation? Lessons from Colombia and Zambia : paper presented at the IRC symposium ‘ Pumps, Pipes and Promises: Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services' in The

Corruption is a threat to efficient and effective water and sewerage service delivery. This paper examines regulatory processes in the water sector and the problem of regulatory  capture. It provides an overview of the concept of capture and the risks of corruption in regulation; then, potential measures to control corruption are presented. It is further argued that good regulation is actually a key element for reducing corruption in the sector as a whole. In an empirical section, the institutional regulatory frameworks in Zambia and Colombia are analyzed based on these considerations. The question asked is in how far the regulatory framework in these two countries is able to prevent identified risks of corruption; or whether an explicit anti-corruption perspective could safeguard the independence of the regulator both from narrow political interests and from the regulated industry. The paper concludes with some lessons learnt and avenues for further research. [authors abstract]

TitleRegulatory capture revisited : is there an anti-corruption agenda in regulation? Lessons from Colombia and Zambia : paper presented at the IRC symposium ‘ Pumps, Pipes and Promises: Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services' in The
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBoehm, F.
Pagination20 p.; 12 refs.; 2 fig.; 2 tab.;
Date Published2010-11-16
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Keywordscolombia, corruption, regulatory authorities, service delivery, water supply, zambia
Abstract

Corruption is a threat to efficient and effective water and sewerage service delivery. This paper examines regulatory processes in the water sector and the problem of regulatory  capture. It provides an overview of the concept of capture and the risks of corruption in regulation; then, potential measures to control corruption are presented. It is further argued that good regulation is actually a key element for reducing corruption in the sector as a whole. In an empirical section, the institutional regulatory frameworks in Zambia and Colombia are analyzed based on these considerations. The question asked is in how far the regulatory framework in these two countries is able to prevent identified risks of corruption; or whether an explicit anti-corruption perspective could safeguard the independence of the regulator both from narrow political interests and from the regulated industry. The paper concludes with some lessons learnt and avenues for further research. [authors abstract]

Notes

This is a shorter and slightly modified version of a chapter prepared for the forthcoming book “International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption. Vol. II”, edited by S. Rose-Ackerman and T. Søreide, Edward Elgar Publishing

Custom 1

202.4, 202.8

Disclaimer

The copyright of the documents on this site remains with the original publishers. The documents may therefore not be redistributed commercially without the permission of the original publishers.