The Politics of Regulation

Privatized Utilities in Britain

  • Alison Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 157-172

About this book


The privatization of the utilities by the Conservative governments of the 1980s and 1990s was a major shift in public policy. It was also a huge experiment in reinventing government, since the newly privatized companies were regulated by high-profile individuals. Frequently criticized and often controversial, the regulators wield enormous power over a large sector of the British economy. This book tells the story of their first fifteen years or so controlling prices, introducing competition, refereeing mergers and sometimes clashing with the government.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Alison Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Management under Regulation, Warwick Business SchoolWarwick UniversityUK

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