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Regulation, Deregulation, Reregulation

Institutional Perspectives

Claude Ménard , Michel Ghertman

Edited by Claude Ménard, Professor of Economics, University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France and Michel Ghertman, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and GREDEG, France

2009 416 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 968 9
2010 Paperback 978 1 84844 714 1
ebook isbn 978 1 84844 928 2

Hardback £112.00 on-line price £100.80

Paperback £41.00 on-line price £32.80


Series: Advances in New Institutional Analysis series

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‘After 25 years of industry restructuring, regulatory reform and deregulation across many industrial sectors in many countries, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the impacts of these reforms on consumers, producers and overall economic performance. This book contains the latest thinking on these issues by a distinguished international group of scholars. It’s a collection of essays for our time that is well worth reading.’
– Paul L. Joskow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

Contributors: L. Andres, M. Delmas, A. Fremeth, R.R. Geddes, M. Ghertman, J.-M. Glachant, J.L. Guasch, G.L.F. Holburn, J. Krafft, G.D. Libecap, S. Lopez Azumendi, C. Ménard, M.J. Montes-Sancho, Y. Perez, R. Romano, M. Russo, E. Salies, H.A. Shelanski, P.T. Spiller, S. Tadelis, Y. Tokat, D.V. Williamson, O.E. Williamson

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Building on Oliver Williamson’s original analysis, the contributors introduce new ideas, different perspectives and provide tools for better understanding changes in the approach to regulation, the reform of public utilities, and the complex problems of governance. They draw largely upon a transaction cost approach, highlighting the challenges faced by major economic sectors and identifying critical flaws in prevailing views on regulation. Deeply rooted in sector analysis, the book conveys a central message of new institutional economics: that theory should be continuously confronted by facts, and reformed or revolutionized accordingly.

With its emphasis on the institutional embeddedness of regulatory issues and the problems generated by the ‘benign neglect’ of institutional factors in the reform of major public utilities, this book will provide a wide-ranging audience with challenging views on the dynamics of regulatory approaches. Economists, political scientists, postgraduate students, researchers and policymakers with an interest in institutional economics and economic organization will find the book to be a stimulating and enlightening read.

Full table of contents


Claude Ménard

1. Transaction Cost Economics: The Precursors
Oliver E. Williamson

2. Property Rights Allocation of Common Pool Resources
Gary D. Libecap

3. An Institutional Theory of Public Contracts: Regulatory Implications
Pablo T. Spiller

4. Incentives and Transaction Costs in Public Procurement
Steven Tadelis

5. From Technical Integrity to Institutional Coherence: Regulatory Challenges in the Water Sector
Claude Ménard

6. Regulatory Governance and Sector Performance: Methodology and Evaluation for Electricity Distribution in Latin America
Luis Andres, José Luis Guasch and Sebastián Lopez Azumendi

7. Vertical Relations and ‘Neutrality’ in Broadband Communications: Neither Market nor Hierarchy?
Howard A. Shelanski

8. Deregulation, Efficiency and Environmental Performance: Evidence from the Electric Utility Industry
Magali A. Delmas, Michael V. Russo, Maria J. Montes-Sancho and Yesim Tokat

9. The Achievement of Electricity Competitive Reforms: A Governance Structure Problem?
Jean-Michel Glachant and Yannick Perez

10. The US Postal Service
R. Richard Geddes

11. The Sarbanes–Oxley Act at a Crossroads
Roberta Romano

12. Information Asymmetries and Regulatory Rate-Making: Case Study Evidence from Commonwealth Edison and Duke Energy Rate Reviews
Adam Fremeth and Guy L.F. Holburn

13. Adaptation in Long-term Exchange Relations: Evidence from Electricity Marketing Contracts
Dean V. Williamson

14. Why and How Should New Industries with High Consumer Switching Costs be Regulated? The Case of Broadband Internet in France
Jackie Krafft and Evens Salies

15. The Puzzle of Regulation, Deregulation and Reregulation
Michel Ghertman


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