Regulating Utilities: Broadening the Debate

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Utility regulation has become not only a major area for academic research but an important economic policy issue.

Every year the Institute, in conjuction with London Business School, publishes a volume of Readings which provides an intellectual foundation for discussions about regulation. It reviews regulatory problems in Britain, considers how they might be solved and draws on experience of other countries. Its authors present a variety of ...

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Overview

Utility regulation has become not only a major area for academic research but an important economic policy issue.

Every year the Institute, in conjuction with London Business School, publishes a volume of Readings which provides an intellectual foundation for discussions about regulation. It reviews regulatory problems in Britain, considers how they might be solved and draws on experience of other countries. Its authors present a variety of viewpoints in order to stimulate debate about regulatory issues.

The 1997 edition of this comprehensive survey of utility regulation contains comments from the utility regulators and the Director General of Fair Trading as well as from academic commentators and practitioners in the field.

Contents: 1. Regulating Utilities: The Labour View (David Currie, comments by Rt Hon Sir Christopher Chataway) 2. Telecoms: International Competition and the Role of Regulation (Martin Cave, comments by Sir Bryan Carsberg) 3. Competition Law: EC and UK (Thomas Sharpe QC, comments by John Bridgeman) 4. The New Zealand Solution: An Appraisal(Alan Bolland and Michael Pickford, comments by M.E. Beesley) 5. Electricity Competition for Small Accounts after 1998 (Dermot Glynn, comments by Stephen Littlechild) 6. Introducing Competition into Water (Colin Robinson, comments by Ian Byatt) 7. Trading in Gas: Market Developments and Needs (Stephen Glaister, comments by Clare Spottiswoode) 8. Rail: The Role of Subsidy in Privatisation (M.E. Beesley, comments by John Swift QC) 9. Regulation, Diversification and the Separate Listing of Utilities (Colin Mayer and Tim Jenkinson, comments by Geoffrey Whittington)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780255364065
  • Publisher: Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Readings Ser.
  • Pages: 311

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Authors
1 Regulating Utilities: The Labour View 1
Chairman's Comments 25
2 Telecoms: International Competition and the Role of Regulation 29
Chairman's Comments 57
3 Competition Law: EC and UK 61
Chairman's Comments 70
4 The New Zealand Solution: An Appraisal 75
Chairman's Comments 130
5 Electricity Competition for Small Accounts after 1998 133
Chairman's Comments 151
6 Introducing Competition into Water 153
Chairman's Comments 185
7 Trading in Gas: Market Developments and Needs 189
Chairman's Comments 234
8 Rail: The Role of Subsidy in Privatisation 237
Chairman's Comments 288
9 Regulation, Diversification and the Separate Listing of Utilities 291
Chairman's Comments 307
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