Prospects for British Coal: Shorter Comments
Unlike some of the other opinions expressed in this book, I take as my starting point the continued public ownership of the vast majority of the coal industry. I was startled to find that a book with such a title was almost exclusively about the ‘how’ and ‘when’ British Coal (BC) should be transferred to the private sector. I do not intend to contribute to that debate as I believe that the future of BC lies in the public sector.
KeywordsBurning Europe Steam Monopoly Oligopoly
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- 1.I actually developed my ideas on the subject to counter the conventional wisdom of the early 1980s that prices would go on rising for a long time or at least start rising in the 1990s. For example see my articles: Stevens, P, 1982, ‘Oil Prices: The End of an Era?’, ODI Review, 2, 1–19Google Scholar
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