Effects of Deregulation on Safety: Implications Drawn from the Aviation, Rail, and United Kingdom Nuclear Power Industries

Effects of Deregulation on Safety: Implications Drawn from the Aviation, Rail, and United Kingdom Nuclear Power Industries

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Effects of Deregulation on Safety: Implications Drawn from the Aviation, Rail, and United Kingdom Nuclear Power Industries by Vicki Bier, James Joosten, David Glyer, Jennifer Tracey

Because of the dramatic changes that economic deregulation has caused in the electricity industry and the widespread social concern about nuclear power safety, Effects of Deregulation on Safety is extremely timely. Effects of Deregulation on Safety uses case studies of the effects of deregulation on the U.S. air and rail industries and the United Kingdom nuclear power industry, as a basis for identifying likely impacts of electricity deregulation on safety of the U.S. commercial nuclear power industry.

Effects of Deregulation on Safety provides a comprehensive overview of the safety experiences of these three case study industries and their implications for the U.S. nuclear power industry. The treatment of the subject is not highly technical, and hence is accessible to a wide range of readers with interests in the subject matter. The book draws on literature from roughly 250 references, ranging from brief news articles to book-length studies of deregulation in a particular industry, as well as original in-depth interviews with representatives of all three case study industries.

This wealth of empirical background information allows the book to go beyond mere speculation about the possible adverse safety consequences of deregulation, to identify situations in which particular adverse safety consequences actually occurred. The experience of the case study industries indicates that economic deregulation need not be incompatible with a reasonable safety record, especially in those aspects of safety that are positively related to productivity. But that safety also cannot be taken for granted after deregulation. Careful management attention is needed in order to avoid the types of safety problems that were associated with deregulation in the case study industries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461349914
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Disclaimer.
1. Introduction.
2. Aviation Deregulation Literature Review.
3. Aviation Industry Interviews.
4. Rail Deregulation Literature Review.
5. Rail Industry Interviews.
6. United Kingdom Electricity Supply Industry Deregulation Literature Review.
7. United Kingdom Electricity Supply Industry Interviews and Safety Audits.
8. Relevance of Case Studies to the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry.
9. Summary and Conclusions.
References. Index.

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