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The Rise of the Regulatory State of the SouthInfrastructure and Development in Emerging Economies$
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Navroz K. Dubash and Bronwen Morgan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677160.001.0001

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Regulatory Mobilization and Service Delivery at the Edge of the Regulatory State

Regulatory Mobilization and Service Delivery at the Edge of the Regulatory State

(p.163) 8 Regulatory Mobilization and Service Delivery at the Edge of the Regulatory State
The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South

Nai Rui Chng

Oxford University Press

More than a decade into the privatization of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in Metro Manila, access to water remains a problem for the urban poor in the Philippine capital. The difficulties faced by water utilities in providing direct service connections to the poor have reaffirmed the importance of the informal sector in small-scale water provisioning. This chapter explores the dynamics of mobilization by the informal sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and local organized communities at the ‘edge’ of the regulatory state. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section develops the concept of regulatory mobilization to confer a more appropriate treatment of agency by organized citizens and consumers in politics of regulation. The second section presents the background to water privatization in the Philippines. The third section deals with a case study of community-based water service providers, and discusses how organized citizens and consumers, emanating from the informal sector, unexpectedly influenced local politics and the formal regulatory framework.

Keywords:   Philippines, water supply, public utilities, water access, urban poor, informal sector nongovernmental organization, regulatory state, water privatization, Metro Manila, collective action

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