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New Business and Regulatory Strategies in the Postal Sector

  • Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Timothy J. Brennan
  • Victor Glass
  • Addresses some of the major issues facing postal and delivery services through the world

  • Analyzes and advances new directions for public policy shift in postal delivery?

  • Provides perspectives from an international panel of academics, industry researchers, and senior industry management


Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paula Gori, Pier Luigi Parcu
    Pages 1-14
  3. Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Bruno Basalisco, Anna Möller Boivie, Jimmy Gårdebrink
    Pages 29-43
  4. Michael D. Bradley, Jeff Colvin, Mary K. Perkins
    Pages 55-66
  5. Claire Borsenberger, Mathilde Hoang, Denis Joram
    Pages 131-142
  6. Claire Borsenberger, Helmuth Cremer, Denis Joram, Jean-Marie Lozachmeur
    Pages 143-160
  7. Philippe De Donder, Frank Rodriguez, Soterios Soteri
    Pages 175-189
  8. Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Mindaugas Cerpickis, Bruno Basalisco
    Pages 191-206
  9. Frédérique Fève, Thierry Magnac, Leticia Veruete-McKay, Soterios Soteri
    Pages 207-217
  10. Isabelle Carslake, George Houpis, Ellie Monaghan
    Pages 219-233
  11. Blandine Eggrickx, Olaf Klargaard, Marine Lefort, Philippe Régnard
    Pages 235-249
  12. Katalin K. Clendenin, Soiliou D. Namoro, Edward S. Pearsall
    Pages 251-268

About this book


This book addresses major issues facing postal and delivery services throughout the world. Worldwide, there is currently a considerable amount of interest in postal and delivery economics. The industry is reacting to a state of near crisis and is implementing different drastic changes.  The European Commission and member States are still wrestling with the problem of how to implement entry liberalization into postal markets, how to address digital competition, and how to maintain the universal service obligation (USO). The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 in the U.S. has perhaps created and exacerbated the problems faced by USPS.

Digitalisation, technological development and online platforms are strongly affecting both the way postal and delivery operators are managing their services as well as their role on the market. Strong emphasis was attributed to the assets of Postal Operators (POs) and their added value in the digital age as well as on new business strategies.

 This volume presents original essays by prominent researchers in the field, selected and edited from papers presented at this year’s 26th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics held in Split, Croatia, from May 30- June 2, 2018.Topics addressed by this volume include quality of service, last mile solutions, and competition in the liberalized market. This book will be a useful tool not only for graduate students and professors, but also for postal administrations, consulting firms, and federal government departments.   


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pier Luigi Parcu
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Brennan
    • 2
  • Victor Glass
    • 3
  1. 1.Florence School of Regulation – Communications and MediaEuropean University InstituteFiesoleItaly
  2. 2.School of Public PolicyUMBCBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Rutgers Business SchoolNewarkUSA

About the editors

Pier Luigi Parcu is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2010. He is currently Area Director of the FSR Communications & Media, Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom and Director of the Florence Competition Programme in Law and Economics.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour. As regards research in the media and Internet areas, Professor Parcu’s interests focus on the effects of ownership concentration and internal governance of the media enterprise on pluralism and freedom of expression and on the influence of offline business models on new economic developments related to online platforms, smart cities and artificial intelligence.

Bibliographic information

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