Clear as Water: Water Industry Transparency in the United Kingdom

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This paper examines privatisation and access to environmental information
within the United Kingdom. Focusing on the privatised water industry in England and Wales, this paper presents the results of an empirical investigation into the
transparency practices of the privatised water companies since 2015, when it was decided that they are public authorities for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). Through this investigation, the paper explores potential methods and challenges of measuring transparency. The findings will inform a larger project on the relationship between privatisation and public access to official information in the UK, with the aim of identifying recommendations for legislative reform.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventGlobal Conference on Transparency Research - Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 26 Jun 201927 Jun 2019
Conference number: 6


ConferenceGlobal Conference on Transparency Research
CityRio de Janeiro
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  • Environmental Information Regulations
  • transparency
  • water industry
  • privatisation


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