Electricity and Telecoms Reforms in the EU: Insights from the Economics of Federalism
27 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010
Date Written: May 31, 2010
The economics of federalism is a broad discipline with more than five decades of experience. It may shed light on how regulatory jurisdiction is allocated in EU electricity and telecommunications markets. Specifically, this paper assesses the evolution of reform up to and including the third EU packages, which continue the liberalization and integration process in these markets. Liberalization has been accompanied by gradual harmonization of national markets to overcome resistance to competitive forces. Less steps than necessary have been undertaken to promote market integration. Positive and normative reasons remain however for the participation of national or even regional/local powers. Vertical institutional cooperation will remain a necessary condition of a sound regulatory framework, but cooperation may sometimes be inhibited by distributive considerations.
Keywords: federalism, regulation, electricity, telecommunications
JEL Classification: L50, L94, L96, L97, K23, H77
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation