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Taking root: independent regulatory agency model of regulation in Indian electricity sector

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dc.contributor.author Kumar, Shashwat
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-28T08:59:19Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-28T08:59:19Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Kumar S. Taking root: independent regulatory agency model of regulation in Indian electricity sector. Energy Policy. 2022 May;164:112863. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2022.112863
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4215
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/52782
dc.description.abstract The rise and spread of Independent Regulatory Agencies (IRAs) represented institutional change to bring credibility and efficiency to the sectoral governance, more so in the case of developing countries. On functional grounds a set of responsibilities were delegated to IRAs but over years research has shown that regulatory decision-making hasn't remained insulated from political pressures, precisely what it was intended to do. Using case of Indian electricity sector this article examines decades after being established how IRAs are taking root. To this purpose, it relies on ‘regulatory arrangement’ over analysing IRAs in isolation, and, measures formal and de facto actor influence in regulatory decision-making. Electricity in India is a concurrent subject, so data has been collected from three states. The findings suggest an emerging pattern that IRA's consolidation of decision-making role is not as Electricity Act, 2003 envisaged, though design of regulatory process has altered previous arrangements and put IRAs at the centre of decision-making. This could potentially guide redesign of sectoral regulation and role of IRAs to meet changing nature of electricity governance when attempts are being made to make substantive modifications to the Electricity Act, 2003.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network titled “Global India” that aims to create the knowledge and expertise required for the EU’s engagement with India (www.globalindia.eu) (Grant Agreement 722446). The training network is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartof Energy Policy. 2022 May;164:112863
dc.rights © 2022 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Taking root: independent regulatory agency model of regulation in Indian electricity sector
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2022.112863
dc.subject.keyword Regulatory arrangement
dc.subject.keyword Decision-making
dc.subject.keyword Electricity
dc.subject.keyword India
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/722446
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