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The Routledge companion to network industries

Editor(s): FINGER Matthias, JAAG Christian

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In recent decades, network industries around the world have gone through periods of de- and re-regulation. With vast amounts of sometimes conflicting research carried out into specific network industries, the time has come for a critical over-arching assessment of this entire industry in order to provide a platform of understanding to aid future research and practice. This comprehensive resource provides an orientation for academics, policy makers and managers as to the main economic, regulatory and commercial challenges in the network industries.

The Routledge Companion to Network Industries is split into sections covering market, policy, regulation, management perspectives, whilst all of the key network industries are covered, including energy, transport, water and telecommunications.

Overseen by world-class Editors and experts in the field, this inter-disciplinary resource is essential reading for students and researchers in international business, industrial economics and the industries.


'This is a time of critical transformation for infrastructure industries with profound implications for relevant networks and underlying market design. This book provides a rare and systematic overview about the recent evolution of the different network industries and includes case studies, insights and perspectives - a treasure for all those concerned by the future of our infrastructure networks.' - Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

'Network industries constitute the physical presence of past development. They provide the contemporary infrastructure for future value creation. Modern technology and global economics lump together former vastly different industrial sectors in the emergence of new service systems and innovative enterprises. This book provides a unique and comprehensive overview. It pairs functional development to underlying principles, crossovers and dynamics. It asks what is to be done about it in terms of policy, management and regulation. This book constitutes a standard and indispensable reference for understanding the complexities of modern strategic infrastructure development.' - Theo Toonen, Dean, Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Science and Professor, University of Twente, The Netherlands

'All over the world, network industries have undergone profound transformations as a result of their liberalization since the late 1980s. This unique publication documents this transformation in the nine main infrastructure sectors. In the process, it analyzes the details of the changes at the industry, policy and firm level in quite a pedagogical way. It is probably the most systematic, self-contained and up-to-date overview of network industry transformation currently available.' - Antonio Estache, Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

The book was presented in Florence on June 23rd 2016

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