In recent decades, all infrastructures have undergone significant restructuring. This worldwide phenomenon is often labelled `liberalization' and although expectations were high with respect to lower prices, greater efficiency and innovation, the expected gains have not always been fully realized. This extensive, state-of-the-art Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the various experiences of liberalization across different sectors, regions and disciplines.
The multidisciplinary approach focuses on the economic, political and institutional aspects of liberalization as well as, to a lesser extent, on technological issues. As such, it constitutes a unique contribution, as this broad overview is often lost in the sector-specific, country-focused and purely disciplinary approaches prevalent in the current literature. Sectors explored include telecoms, the Internet, energy and transport, while the truly global perspective incorporates unique case studies from an array of developed and developing countries including the US, China, India and the EU.
The International Handbook of Network Industries will become the definitive volume for academics, researchers and students of economics, political science and law interested in infrastructure regulation. It will also prove a valuable guide to practitioners and policy-makers involved in liberalization and competition.
Edited by Matthias Finger, Professor, Management of Network Industries, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland and Rolf W. Kunneke, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Contents: 1. Introduction Matthias Finger and Rolf Kunneke PART I: GENERIC ASPECTS OF INFRASTRUCTURE LIBERALIZATION 2. Basic Economic Principles of Infrastructure Liberalization: A Transaction Cost Perspective Pablo T. Spiller 3. A General Framework for Regulation and Liberalization in Network Industries Christian Jaag and Urs Trinkner 4. From `Service Public' to Universal Service: The Case of the European Union Matthias Finger and Dominique Finon 5. Evolution and Design of Institutions Supporting Liberalization John Groenewegen 6. The Institutional Economic History of Infrastructure Industries, 1830-1990: Ideology, Technology, Geopolitics? Robert Millward PART II: SECTOR STUDIES 7. Liberalization in the Telecom Sector William H. Melody 8. Liberalization in Radio Spectrum Management William H. Melody and Wolter Lemstra 9. Liberalization and the Internet Milton L. Mueller and Wolter Lemstra 10. The Liberalization of Electricity Markets Jean-Michel Glachant and Yannick Perez 11. Trends in Gas Maarten J. Arentsen 12. The Oil Industry: A Dynamic Patchwork of Approaches? Aad Correlje and Lucia van Geuns 13. Reforming Railways Marc Laperrouza 14. Liberalization of Air Transport Sveinn Vidar Gudmundsson 15. Road Infrastructure and Institutional Reform: Tolling and Pricing David A. Hensher and Demi Chung 16. Public Transport Liberalization: Achievements and Future Directions John Stanley 17. Maritime Ports Lourdes Trujillo and Marianela Gonzalez 18. Liberalization in the Water Sector: Three Leading Models Claude Menard and Aleksandra Peeroo 19. Liberalization in the Postal and Delivery Sector Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer PART III: COUNTRY AND REGIONAL STUDIES 20. Liberalization of Network Industries in the European Union: Evolving Policy Issues Matthias Finger and Marc Laperrouza 21. Liberalization and Regulation of Telecoms, Electricity, and Gas in the United States Mark A. Jamison 22. The Liberalization of Infrastructures in Latin America Francesc Trillas and Miguel A. Montoya 23. Reform of China's Energy and Telecommunications Sectors Pun-Lee Lam and Alice Shiu 24. Infrastructure Reforms in India: An Analysis of Successes and Failures Leena Srivastava and Shahid Hasan 25. Liberalization of Infrastructures in Russia Hella Engerer 26. Recent Australian Infrastructure Liberalization Gary Madden, Jeffrey Petchey and Aaron Morey 27. Infrastructure Liberalization: Challenges to the New Economic Paradigm in the Context of Developing Countries Catarina Figueira and David Parker Index