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Governments, Competition and Utility Regulation

Edited by Colin Robinson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Surrey, UK
Governments, Competition and Utility Regulation continues the series of annual books, published in association with the Institute of Economic Affairs and the London Business School, which critically reviews the state of utility regulation and competition policy.
In Association with the Institute of Economic Affairs and the London Business School
Extent: 264 pp
Hardback Price: $135.00 Web: $121.50
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84542 209 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
Governments, Competition and Utility Regulation continues the series of annual books, published in association with the Institute of Economic Affairs and the London Business School, which critically reviews the state of utility regulation and competition policy. The book contains incisive chapters on competition policy and trade, antitrust and consumer welfare, merger control and efficiency, emissions trading, Ofcom and convergence, energy regulation and competition, regulating the London Underground, the future of water regulation and European merger control.

Chapters on each topic are followed by comments from regulators, competition authority chairmen and other experts in the relevant fields. The book provides analysis of and commentaries on the most significant developments in regulation and competition policy, drawing on experiences in Britain, the United States and the European Union, as well as in international trade negotiations. It will be of value to practitioners, policymakers and academics who are concerned with regulation, deregulation and policies to promote competition.
‘The book is written by a group of academic researchers and practitioners and, as such, provides insightful analyses from both theoretical as well as practical perspectives. It will be of value to policymakers, industry stakeholders, and regulators who are interested in utility regulation and policies to foster a competitive market environment.’
– International Energy Law and Taxation Review
Contributors: D. Arculus, C. Bolt, R.W. Crandall, P. Fletcher, A. Groebel, F. Jenny, S. Littlechild, E. Marshall, C. Mayer, Sir D. Morris, J. Motis, D. Neven, C. Nicholson, G. Owen, C. Robinson, P. Seabright, J. Steenbergen, Sir J. Vickers, L. Waverman, T. Winsor, C. Winston
Contents: Introduction 1. Competition Policy and Trade: The WTO after the Cancun Meeting – Frédéric Jenny, Comment – Geoffrey Owen 2. Does Antitrust Policy Improve Consumer Welfare? Assessing the Evidence – Robert W. Crandall and Clifford Winston, Comment – David Arculus 3. Efficiencies in Merger Control – Jrissy Motis, Damien Neven and Paul Seabright, Comment – Sir John Vickers 4. Emissions Trading: A Market Instrument for our Times – Charles Nicholson, Comment – Colin Robinson 5. Ofcom: A Converged Regulator? – Annegret Groebel, Comment – Colin Robinson 6. Energy Regulation and Competition after the White Paper – Eileen Marshall, Comment – Stephen Littlechild 7. Regulating London Underground – Chris Bolt, Comment – Tom Winsor 8. Commitment and Control in Regulation: The Future of Regulation in Water – Colin Mayer, Comment – Philip Fletcher 9. Do We Need European Merger Control? – Jacques Steenbergen and Leonard Waverman, Comment – Derek Morris Index