Clear as water : water industry transparency in the United Kingdom

Ferguson, Erin C. (2019) Clear as water : water industry transparency in the United Kingdom. In: Global Conference on Transparency Research, 2019-06-26 - 2019-06-27, Fundação Getulio Vargas.

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    Abstract

    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.