Emerging approaches and issues in regulation and governance of infrastructure based services

Hiteva, Ralitsa, Lovell, Katherine, McArthur, Jenny, Smith, Heather and Zerjav, Vedran (2018) Emerging approaches and issues in regulation and governance of infrastructure based services. Discussion Paper. UCL Press, UK.

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Abstract

The fragmented, complex, and disconnected nature of arrangements within and between infrastructure sectors, along with increasing interdependence between sectors, is reshaping business models of infrastructure based services, prompting the emergence of new approaches to regulation and governance. Drawing on research experience in several infrastructure sectors and reflecting upon a series of workshops, the discussion focuses on emerging issues for the regulation and governance of infrastructure based services. A series of observations from across UK infrastructure are presented, and discussed within an international context. Three emerging areas of change in infrastructure delivery are highlighted: 1) a shift from asset-focused to service-focused delivery, 2) increased cross-sector interaction and 3) changing relationships with(in) the supply chain. The presented argument is that while regulatory changes are gradually pushing the boundaries of existing arrangements, infrastructure governance has seen more extensive changes through the introduction of more and non-traditional actors; and platforms and means for coordination between (public and private) actors. The shift in focus to infrastructure service provision supports the case for improved cross-sector co-ordination, recognising infrastructure services as a bundled consumer good, and address challenges that are common across sectors, such as climate change. Digital platforms provide opportunities to engage directly with consumers and understand the aggregate value and impacts of bundled infrastructure services. Across sectors, there are opportunities and requirements for closer, more open and responsive relationships between infrastructure providers and regulators, which challenge existing imperatives for regulatory independence and certainty. Focusing on infrastructure provision, policy-making and regulation in the UK and internationally, we bring to light recent innovations, tensions and opportunities for the future of infrastructure provision in the UK.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: Forthcoming: ICIF White Paper Collection
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Katherine Lovell
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2022 12:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69123

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