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The Governance of Network Industries

Institutions, Technology and Policy in Reregulated Infrastructures Edited by Rolf W. Künneke, John Groenewegen, Delft University of Technology and Jean-François Auger, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Infrastructures are subject to substantial readjustments of governance structures, often labeled as liberalization, privatization or re-regulation. This affects all traditional infrastructure sectors including communications, energy, transport and water. This study highlights and illustrates some of the major challenges for readjusting the governance of network industries from an economic, institutional, political and technological perspective. The three parts of the book address the institutional design of infrastructures, the role of technology in different sectors and actor behaviour.
Extent: 232 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 117 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Industrial Economics
  • Institutional Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
This book addresses critical issues in the governance of network industries in terms of institutional design, technology and policy.

Infrastructures are subject to substantial readjustments of governance structures, often labeled as liberalization, privatization or reregulation. This affects all traditional infrastructure sectors including communications, energy, transport and water. This volume highlights and illustrates some of the major challenges for readjusting the governance of network industries from an economic, institutional, political and technological perspective. The three parts of the book address the institutional design of infrastructures, the role of technology in different sectors, and actor behavior.

Adopting a multidisciplinary perspective, this book will appeal to economists and political scientists with an interest in the management of network industries. It will also be of great value to policy-makers and regulators in the field.
Contributors: M. Altamirano, M. de Jong, B. de Wit, J.-F. Auger, P. Ederer, M. Finger, F. Fortanier, J.-M. Glachant, J. Groenewegen, V. Hayes, M. Ilic, M. Jelinek, R.W. Künneke, W. Lemstra, M. Matson, C. Ménard, A. Rotileanu, M. van der Steen, C. van der Veen, F. Varone
Contents:

1. Challenges for Readjusting the Governance of Network Industries
Rolf W. Künneke and John Groenewegen

PART I: INSTITUTIONS
2. Why Reform Infrastructures and with what Institutional Arrangements? The Case of Public–Private Partnerships in Water Supply
Claude Ménard

3. Creating Institutional Arrangements that Make Markets Work: The Case of Retail Markets in the Electricity Sector
Jean-Michel Glachant

4. Liberalization and Privatization of Road Management in Finland and Spain
Mónica Altamirano and Martin de Jong

PART II: TECHNOLOGY
5. Regulatory Practices and the Role of Technology in the Network Industries: The Case of Europe
Matthias Finger and Frédéric Varone

6. Network Modernization in the Telecom Sector: The Case of Wi-Fi
Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes and Marianne van der Steen

7. Changing Paradigms in Electric Energy Systems
Marija Ilic and Mariann Jelinek

PART III: POLICIES
8. Public Values versus Private Interests: An Empirical Comparison of Business Strategies in Liberalized Infrastructures
Casper van der Veen, Peer Ederer, Fabienne Fortanier, Alexandra Rotileanu and Bob de Wit

9. Disruptive Technologies in Communications: Observations from an Entrepreneur
Malcolm Matson

Index