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The Maze of Services Regulation

Tito Boeri, Micael Castanheira, Riccardo Faini, Vincenzo Galasso, Giorgio Barba Navaretti, Carcillo Stéphane, Jonathan Haskel, Giuseppe Nicoletti, Enrico Perotti, Carlo Scarpa, Lidia Tsyganok and Christian Wey

in Structural Reforms Without Prejudices

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199203628
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191708169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203628.003.0004
 The Maze of Services Regulation

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Dismantling the dominant position of an incumbent firm is a daunting task. Liberalization is a difficult process that many European countries have implemented only as a consequence of Directives coming from the European Commission, suggesting that EU institutions which are further away from local specific interests tend to be more market-oriented than national governments. Political commitment to reform is key to its implementation. The reform of the energy, telecommunications, and railway industries; professional services, retailing, postal services, and water are discussed.

Keywords: Europe; liberalization; energy; telecommunications; railway; professional services; retailing; postal services; water

Chapter.  23503 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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