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The Political Economy of Local Regulation

Theoretical Frameworks and International Case Studies

  • Alberto Asquer
  • Franco Becchis
  • Daniele Russolillo

Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Alberto Asquer, Franco Becchis, Daniele Russolillo
    Pages 1-14
  3. Theoretical Frameworks

  4. Case Studies in Western Countries

  5. Case Studies in Emergent and Developing Countries

About this book


This book offers theoretical and methodological guidelines for researching the complex regulation of local infrastructure, utilities and public services in the context of rapid urbanisation, technological change, and climate change. It examines the interactions between regulators, public officers, infrastructure and utilities firms, public service providers, citizens, and civil society organisations. It contains contributions from academics and practitioners from various disciplinary perspectives and from many regions of the world, illustrated with case studies from several sectors including water, natural gas and electricity distribution, local public transport, district heating, urban waste, and environmental services.


Infrastructure Utilities Regulatory policy Public services Stakeholder analysis economy political economy political science politics public policy regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Asquer
    • 1
  • Franco Becchis
    • 2
  • Daniele Russolillo
    • 3
  1. 1.SOAS University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Turin School of Local Regulation and Foundation for the EnvironmentTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Turin School of Local Regulation and Foundation for the EnvironmentTorinoItaly

About the editors

Alberto Asquer is Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at SOAS University of London, UK, where he acts as programme director of the MSc Public Policy and Management and the MSc Public Financial Management and as Director of the Centre for Water and Development. He holds an MSc and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Franco Becchis is Scientific Director of the Turin School of Local Regulation and Foundation for the Environment, Italy, where he coordinates research and training programmes on regulation and the environment. He has been Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Torino and Università del Piemonte Orientale in Italy, Saint John International University, USA, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and University of Jyväskylä, Finland.                                                                

Daniele Russolillo is Programme Manager of the Turin School of Local Regulation and Foundation for the Environment, Italy, in charge of the business development and management of operations. He has been actively involved in research and capacity building projects on local public services regulation and energy and environmental policies in Europe and in developing and emerging countries.

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“Alberto Asquer, Franco Becchis and Daniele Russolillo have made an absolutely remarkable job in preparing this comprehensive treatise of local regulation reform all over the world. The volume provides a far-reaching collection of studies inserted in an innovative political economy framework. It should be required reading for policy-makers and scholars of the field.” (Giorgio Brosio, University of Turin, Italy)

“Local is where all of us: live, interact, think & rest. However, comprehensive  research on local regulation is less abundant and less frequently renewed or updated. I was hungry when this tasty book entered my email box. After 25 years of “regulatory menu”, rebuilding a new cuisine  - both theoretical and applied -  was needed and long awaited. Alleluia we have it: long life the chef(s) and their recipes!” (Jean-Michel Glachant, Loyola de Palacio Professor & Director, Florence School of Regulation, Italy)

“Like politics, all infrastructure is local. Yet our understanding of infrastructure governance at the local level does not match its importance, which by many accounts will grow with contemporary fiscal, demographic, and technological trends. This collection offers a timely contribution.” (Janice A. Beecher, Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University, USA)