Regulation of Network Utilities: The European Experience

Hardcover | June 15, 2001

EditorClaude Henry, Michel Matheu, Alain Jeunemaitre

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Propelled by deep technical, economic, and cultural changes, network utilities have, in the last twenty years, entered a new era. Since competition has been widely introduced and promoted, we have experienced a radical change in the structure of the industries and the role of the stateauthorities. Their role in managing monopolies has evolved into regulating new forms of markets, which has resulted in the creation of independent regulatory authorities. These new public bodies work with governments to try and reconcile the needs of competition and public service missions. Thissuggests the use of recent developments in economic theory to handle complex problems.This volume offers an exploration by scholars and regulators of the new regulatory regimes across Europe. The first part presents the pioneering experiences of the United Kingdom and Sweden. The United Kingdom has quickly chosen to establish powerful and independent individual regulators. Reforms inSweden have been more gradual and regulators have, in the first instance, acted mainly as mediators.Part two is devoted to second wave developments that took place in various European countries, i.e. France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, countries where the legal tradition is less conducive to the concept of independent regulators. There the regulators are often (but not always) less powerful andmeet more obstacles in their efforts to prevent either the formation of oligopolies or the resistance of incumbent monopolies. In Germany another problem has emerged as the federal tradition prevents the creation of independent regulators in certain key sectors.The contributions in the third part of the volume throw some light on the problems of coordinating national regulations. One can observe the continuous emergence of modes of cooperation between national regulators, as well as European authorities. Faced with certain categories of problem, theEuropean authorities are themselves led to act as common regulators. The countries of central and eastern Europe, which are progressively converging towards the general economic model of the West, are more and more concerned with the accompanying regulation problems. Last but not least, theInternet raises worldwide problems of regulation that are beginning to be seriously considered.

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Propelled by deep technical, economic, and cultural changes, network utilities have, in the last twenty years, entered a new era. Since competition has been widely introduced and promoted, we have experienced a radical change in the structure of the industries and the role of the stateauthorities. Their role in managing monopolies has...

Claude Henry is Director of Research, CNRS and Ecole polytechnique, Paris. Michel Matheu is head of the Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Services department, Commissariat general du Plan, Paris. Alain Jeunemaitre is Director of Research, Nuffield College, Oxford and the Maison Francaise d'Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Claude Henry and Michel Matheu: New regulations for public services in competition2. Simon Cowan: Developments in regulatory principles: the UK experience3. Peter Vass: The UK Model4. Sir Ian Byatt: The water regulation regime in England and Wales5. Luc Baumstark: The pioneering Swedish experiment in railway regulation6. Curt Anderson: Sweden: a case of lighter or tighter telecom regulation?7. Dominique Bureau and Nicolas Curien: Establishing independent regulators in France8. Pierre-Alain Roche and Pascal Johannes: Regulation in water and sanitation sector in France9. Francesco Bavagnoli: Independent regulators in Italy10. Pippo Ranci: Regulating energy in Italy11. Nicolas Curien and Michel Matheu: The electricity and telecommunications sectors in Spain: rapid change, regulators at the crossroads12. Jose Maria Vazquez Quintana: The Spanish experience of regulation within the telecommunications sector13. Katharina Gassner: Contrasts in Germany: decentralised versus sector-specific regulation14. Ulf Boge: Liberalisation of energy markets: the German way15. P. A. Buigues, O. Guersent, and J. F. Pons: Network utilities: the EU institutions and the member states16. P. A. Buigues, O. Guersent, and J. F. Pons: Alternative models for future regulation17. Jorge Vasconcelos: Co-operation among energy regulators in the European Union18. Herve Dumez and Alain Jeunemaitre: Improving air traffic services performance in Europe: the economic regulation perspective19. David Kennedy and Nick Stern: Transforming infrastructure in Eastern Europe20. Jacques Cremer: Regulating the Internet?