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Electricity and telecoms reforms in the EU: Insights from the economics of federalism

Francesc Trillas

No D/861, IESE Research Papers from IESE Business School

Abstract: The economics of federalism is a broad discipline with more than five decades of experience. It may shed light on how regulatory jurisdiction is allocated in EU electricity and telecommunications markets. Specifically, this paper assesses the evolution of reform up to and including the third EU packages, which continue the liberalization and integration process in these markets. Liberalization has been accompanied by gradual harmonization of national markets to overcome resistance to competitive forces. Less steps than necessary have been undertaken to promote market integration; yet, positive and normative reasons remain for the participation of national or even regional/local powers. Vertical institutional cooperation will remain a necessary condition for a sound regulatory framework, but cooperation may sometimes be inhibited by distributive considerations.

Keywords: federalism; regulation; electricity; telecommunications (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H77 K23 L50 L94 L96 L97 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2010-05-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-eur, nep-ind, nep-mic and nep-pbe
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