Liberalisation of Utilities and Evolving European Regulation

Posted: 19 Jul 2000

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David Coen

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Chris Doyle

University of Warwick - Centre for Management under Regulation (CMUR)

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Abstract

In this article, David Coen and Chris Doyle provide an overview of recent liberalisation and regulatory developments affecting key utility sectors (electricity, gas, postal service, and telecommunications) in the European Union. They examine what kind of competition is suitable in the utilities, and discuss obstacles that lie in the path of competition. They address in detail the institutional design of sector specific regulation. National and supra-national regulatory structures are analysed and these are illustrated by examples drawn from several European countries. In institutional terms, they argue that it is important regulatory regimes have a high degree of flexibility and speed to allow for the continued evolution of the EU utility sector.

JEL Classification: L51, L90

Suggested Citation

Coen, David and Doyle, Chris, Liberalisation of Utilities and Evolving European Regulation. Economic Outlook, Vol. 24, No. 3, April 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=233835

David Coen (Contact Author)

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

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United Kingdom
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Chris Doyle

University of Warwick - Centre for Management under Regulation (CMUR) ( email )

Warwick Business School
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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