1st Edition

Network Industries A Research Overview

By Matthias Finger Copyright 2020
    116 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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

    '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