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The Political Economy of Institutional Change in the Electricity Supply Industry: Shifting Currents

The Political Economy of Institutional Change in the Electricity Supply Industry: Shifting Currents (Hardback)

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Through a variety of analytical lenses - formal modeling, econometrics and case study comparisons - Carlos Rufin fills a gap in the political economy of second-wave, or microeconomic, reforms around the world. More specifically, he does so in the context of the electricity supply industry, where such reforms have been as problematic as they have been widespread.

The author shows that ideological considerations and bargaining over the distribution of economic rents accruing from certain institutional arrangements are powerful shapers of institutional change. At the same time, the legacy of the past does not appear to have a clear or systematic effect on the direction of second-wave reforms that seek to transform existing economic institutions. If distributional conflicts can be resolved, these conclusions provide grounds for optimism about the ability to create new institutions even in countries where little favorable precedent exists.

Political economy and public policy scholars, specialists on business-government relations and non-market strategy and those interested in Latin America will find this comprehensive book of great interest. Practitioners involved in the design and implementation of second-wave reforms around the world will find this an essential addition to their library.

BusinessEconomicsMicroeconomicsBusinessIndustry & industrial studiesEnergy industries & utilitiesElectrical power industriesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & government Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 19/12/2003 ISBN-13: 9781843762034  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Carlos Rufin, Associate Professor of International Business and Director, Global Business Program, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, US

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