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Regulating Public Utilities

A Legal and Constitutional Approach

By: Cosmo Graham
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Published: 01-02-2000
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 224
ISBN: 9781901362862
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £70.00
Online price : £63.00
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About Regulating Public Utilities

This book examines the implications for public law of the regulation of privatised utilities, asking how these institutions fit into our constitutional understandings regarding accountability, individual rights and territorial government. It argues that new approaches are needed if constitutional and regulatory principles are to accommodate one another. This is of particular interest in the context of recent constitutional reforms and the growing influence of European integration.

After describing the institutions, their powers and duties, particular attention is paid to the position of consumers, the role of the European Community, territorial government and the place of individual rights. The book concludes by looking at price control, the coming of competitive markets for utility services and the future of the regulatory system in the light of convergence, multi-utilities and the government's planned reforms.

Table Of Contents

1. The Constitution, Regulation and Privatisation
2. The Duties, Powers and Responsibilities of the Regulator
3. Regulators and Ministers
4. Procedures and Accountability
5. Representing the Consumer
6. The Regions and Europe
7. Rights and the Social Dimension
8. Issues in Price Control
9. The Development of Competitive Markets
10. Conclusions


“The book provides the most effective description of the law of utilities regulation in the UK since Tony Prosser's Law and Regulators.” –  Colin Scott, Public Law Jun 2002

“...a thoughtful and thought-provoking work.” –  Chris Finn, Journal of Law and Society Jun 2002

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