Institutional Arrangements in Public Utilities and Public Management: Case of Russia Water Utilities

Institutional Arrangements in Public Utilities and Public Management: Case of Russia Water Utilities

Anna V. Ermishina (Southern Federal University, Russia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4165-3.ch005

Abstract

Since the early 2000s a policy of attracting private operators to public utilities, which should help to increase productivity, reduce costs, and as a result, reduce utility prices, has taken place in Russia. The aim of the chapter is to identify the relationship between institutional arrangements and efficiency of water and sewer services. Statistical and cluster analysis was applied to empirical data on water utilities in the 13 largest cities in Russia. There were the differences in the level and dynamics of prices and other indicators for water supply and sewer services in the group of public utilities and public-private water utilities.
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Background

The operation results of the various institutional alternative arrangements of the municipal economy are actively studied in the foreign literature. However, only a small number of empirical studies are devoted to the study of the relationship between institutional options for municipal economy and water prices.

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