The Home Court Advantage: Sustaining Regulatory Bargains in Latin America

Alison Post 

Part of the Fall 2009 Bay Area Latin America Forum

November 2, 2009

Event Description

During the 1990s, Latin American governments privatized utilities and many other types of infrastructure that had traditionally been operated by the public sector in the context of sweeping neoliberal “state reform” programs. This talk will examine the circumstances under which privatized, regulated water utilities in Latin America have both yielded improved services and remained politically viable in the long run.


Alison Post is an assistant professor in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and in the Global Metropolitan Studies program at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on Latin American political economy, the politics of regulation and urban politics.