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Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

Edited by Barry Barton, Alastair Lucas, Lila Barrera-Hernández and Anita Rønne

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199299874
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191714931 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299874.001.0001
Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

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Democratization, globalization, and increased environmental awareness have had a profound impact on the regulation of industry in the energy and natural resources sector. This book analyses the changes in character of the way this industry is regulated, and seeks to make connections with theoretical perspectives on regulation as a major part of the modern legal system. Part I examines the emergence of alternatives to regulation, such as ‘soft law’ in developing countries, the European Electricity and Gas Directives of 1996 and 1998, the idea of regulation of company structure as opposed to performance, multi-faceted government alternative regulatory instruments, and market mechanics. Part II analyses conventional methods of regulation, and how they have evolved, including case studies from the Netherlands, the USA, Singapore, New Zealand, and the UK. Part III looks at regulatory innovations such as environmental audit, self-regulation, the ‘Voluntary Action Plan’, private-sector standard setting, and certification. Part IV examines the role of non-state actors, and their response to national and supranational regulatory changes, and globalization.

Keywords: energy; natural resources; democratization; globalization; environmental awareness; regulation of industry; modern legal system; soft law; developing countries; company structure

Book.  456 pages. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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Introduction in Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

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The Theoretical Context of Regulation in Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

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International Soft Law and Globalization in Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

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<i>Contemporary United States Energy Regulation</i> in Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

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System Operation: From Self-Regulation to Public Regulation in Regulating Energy and Natural Resources

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