Le liberalizzazioni e le privatizzazioni dei servizi pubblici localiEdited by Alberto Quadrio Curzio and Marco Fortis Il Mulino - July 2000
This book contains the papers presented at the convention on Deregulation and Privatisation of Local Public Utilities, which was held in Milan on March 20, 2000 with the sponsorship of Fondazione Edison. Several well-known representatives of the academic and business communities submitted papers at this convention. The economic and institutional significance of the topics discussed and their relevance to the Italian industrial system is underscored by the list of attendees, which included a European Union Commissioner, two Ministers and one Under-secretary of the Italian Government and the President of the Italian Electric Power and Gas Authority. In the past, most countries, including Italy, entrusted the provision of local utility services to public agencies, which were perceived as better equipped to fulfil diligently and in the public's interest the obligation to provide universal access and uninterrupted service on non-discriminatory terms and under safe conditions. Subsequently, at different times and with different approaches, a number of countries sought to overcome the rigidity and waste that inevitably occur when governments operate utilities directly. These countries created increasingly open and competitive markets that were receptive to private investment and to the deployment of management systems that could improve the efficiency and quality of the services provided to consumers and businesses. In recent years, Italy, which has traditionally been viewed as a "laggard," has made significant progress in the areas of deregulation and privatisation. Fondazione Edison published this book and organized the convention discussed in it with the goal of providing a meaningful contribution to the understanding of a complex problem, the solution of which is of paramount importance for the modernisation of Italy. This approach is consistent with its institutional objective of providing the Italian Industrial Districts with analytical tools that can help them achieve a more competitive position and increase their penetration of the EU markets.
The volume was published with the contribution of Andersen Consulting, Crédit Agricole Indosuez, Marsh, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAN PAOLO IMI, UniCredito Italiano.