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Network Industries

A Research Overview, 1st Edition

By Matthias Finger


110 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The unique challenges associated with understanding network industries requires insights from a range of disciplinary perspectives, namely economics, engineering, law, and political science. This book analyzes the de- and re-regulation of the network industries and the regulatory challenges these industries will face in the future.

Network industries are characterised by economics that entail limiting effects on competition and market creation, and the book highlights the drivers behind their liberalization as well as the inherent need for regulation as liberalization unfolds. By way of an historical approach, the author offers insights into the distinctive approaches between Europe and North America in the past whilst also presenting the pervasive role digitalization increasingly comes to play.

A concise overview of the state of thinking about the network industries, this book will be vital reading for researchers, advanced students and practitioners.


'The important roles networks play in economics, politics, business, sociology, and virtually everything humans engage in has become increasingly recognized, but we really understand little of the detail of individual networks, let alone their dynamics and interactions. This short book fills a major gap by providing a very carefully thought through and clear introduction to what we do know about network industries, essentially those activities that allow us to move, to transport goods, and to communicate.' -- Kenneth Button, George Mason University, USA

'Drawing on both interdisciplinary theory and contemporary practice, Professor Finger offers an essential, insightful, and comprehensive treatment of network and utility industries – including their comparative historical development and relationship to the regulatory state as well as the institutional implications of today's transformative technologies.' -- Janice Beecher, Michigan State University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Rationales for Government Regulation

3. Politics of Regulation

4. Regulating Natural Monopolies

5. Competition for the Market

6. Telecommunications and Postal Services

7. Transportation

8. Energy and Water

9. Digitalization and Network Industries

10. Conclusion: The future of network industry regulation

About the Author

Matthias Finger is Swiss Post Chair in Management of Network Industries at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About the Series

State of the Art in Business Research

Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.

This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with  time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.

As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Energy Industries
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation