Successes and Failures in Regulating and Deregulating Utilities: Evidence from the UK, Europe, and the US

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Robinson (economics, University of Surrey, UK) provides a review of utility regulation and deregulation. Leading practitioners in the field comment on areas including US telecoms deregulation, road network regulation, UK competition policy, railway regulation, and the liberalization of European utility markets. Two viewpoints are presented on each issue: the first by an academic or industry expert, and the second by a regulator. Together they show how regulation and deregulation are evolving and highlight successes and failures in the field. Readership includes practitioners, policymakers, and academics in regulatory reform and regulatory economics. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843767701
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The failure of good intentions : the collapse of American telecommunications after six years of deregulation 1
Chairman's comments 16
2 Road networks : efficiency, externalities and consumer choice 19
Chairman's comments 40
3 The enterprise act : pluses and minuses for competition policy 43
Chairman's comments 58
4 Ofcom and light touch regulation 65
Chairman's comments 82
5 What to do about the railways? 84
Chairman's comments 120
6 Liberalizing utility markets in the European Union 125
Chairman's comments 133
7 Measuring the success of postal regulators : best practice in postal regulation 136
Chairman's comments 156
8 Can regulation address the investment problem? Examples from aviation 160
Chairman's comments 180
9 Gas, electricity and the energy review 184
Chairman's comments 206
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