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The Resource Democracy and regulation : how the public can govern essential services, Greg Palast, Jerrold Oppenheim, and Theo MacGregor

Democracy and regulation : how the public can govern essential services, Greg Palast, Jerrold Oppenheim, and Theo MacGregor

Label
Democracy and regulation : how the public can govern essential services
Title
Democracy and regulation
Title remainder
how the public can govern essential services
Statement of responsibility
Greg Palast, Jerrold Oppenheim, and Theo MacGregor
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
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Palast, Greg
Dewey number
338.973/05
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
HD2766
LC item number
.P33 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Oppenheim, Jerrold
  • MacGregor, Theo
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public utilities
  • Public utilities
  • Public utilities
  • Privatization
  • Democracy
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Democracy
  • Privatization
  • Public utilities
  • Public utilities
  • Public utilities
  • United States
  • Dienstensector
  • Privatisering
  • Regulering
  • Deregulierung
  • Versorgungsbetrieb
  • Öffentliches Unternehmen
  • Dérèglementation
  • Services publics
  • Démocratie
  • Privatisation
  • Contrôle de l'État
  • États-Unis
  • USA
Summary expansion
Essential services are being privatised the world over. Whether it's water, gas, electricity or the phone network, everywhere from Sao Paulo in Brazil to Leeds in the UK is following the US economic model and handing public services over to private companies whose principal interest is raising prices. Yet it's one of the world's best kept secrets that Americans pay astonishingly little for high quality public services. Uniquely in the world, every aspect of US regulation is wide open to the public. How is this done and why has this process not taken root elsewhere? How is regulation threatened even in the US? And what power does the public have to ensure that services are regulated along these US lines?This book, based on work for the United Nations International Labour Organisation and written by experts with unrivalled practical experience in utility regulation, is the first step-by-step guide to the way that public services are regulated in the United States. It explains how decisions are made by public debate in a public forum. Profits and investments of private companies are capped, and companies are forced to reduce prices for the poor, fund environmental investments and open themselves to financial inspection. In a world where privatisation has so often led to economic disaster -- in Peru, telephone charges increased by 3000%; in Rio de Janeiro, 40% of electricity workers lost their jobs; in Britain water prices rose by 58% -- this book is essential reading. Palast, Oppenheim and MacGregor examine what's right with the traditional American system, why regulation elsewhere has failed, and -- most importantly -- what can be done to fix it
Label
Democracy and regulation : how the public can govern essential services, Greg Palast, Jerrold Oppenheim, and Theo MacGregor
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-223) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Contents""; ""Democracy and Regulation: An Introduction ""; ""1 Secrecy, Democracy and Regulation ""; ""2 Regulating in Public ""; ""Open information versus secrecy ""; ""Who is the public? ""; "" Consultation is not participation ""; ""Employees, service quality and democracy ""; ""Failings of the American system ""; ""3 Competition as Substitute for Regulation? Britain to California 28Crisis in California: electricity competition comes to America ""; ""Manipulation and monopoly abuse are impossible to prevent ""; ""Utility services are different ""
  • "" Deregulation creates new rules and bureaucracies """"The problem of volatility and new inefficiencies ""; ""The union worker, service quality and deregulation ""; ""Price discrimination ""; ""Democratic control of deregulation ""; ""4 Re- regulation is not Deregulation ""; ""Recent history ""; ""Principles ""; ""Restructuring the industry ""; ""Market power ""; ""Market segmentation ""; "" Competition for domestic customers 48Telephones: the new marketplace is raising prices ""; ""5 The Open Regulatory Process ""; ""The process ""; ""Principles ""; ""The regulators ""
  • ""6 Social Pricing """"Affordability programs ""; ""Consumer protections ""; ""Education programs ""; ""Efficiency and weatherization programs ""; ""Benefits ""; ""7 Issues that are Publicly Decided ""; ""Service quality, safety, prices and employment ""; ""Choice of utility ownership form ""; ""Universal service, including extension of service ""; ""Other regulatory agencies ""; ""Choice of technology ""; ""8 An Alternative: Democratic Negotiations ""; ""The filing ""; ""Intervention ""; ""Mediation ""; ""Discovery ""; ""An energy conservation case ""; ""Results of negotiations ""
  • ""9 Be There: A Guide to Public Participation 98Aim high """"Become informed ""; ""Demand participation ""; ""Forge coalitions ""; ""Persist ""; ""10 A History of Democratic Utility Regulation in the US ""; ""The early years ""; ""1880 1907 ""; ""Direct current ""; ""Alternating current ""; ""Public versus private ownership ""; ""1907 1929 ""; ""Regulation of IOUs ""; ""Development of holding companies ""; ""1930 1970 ""; ""Collapse of Insull s empire ""; ""Federal action ""; ""Public Utility Holding Company Act ""; ""Federal Power Act""; ""1980â€?2002""; ""Emerging deregulation""
  • ""11 Regulating the Multinational Utility """"United States ""; ""Brazil ""; ""Bolivia ""; ""Democracy: a value in itself ""; ""12 Failed Experiments in the UK and the US ""; ""The United Kingdom""; ""The United States""; ""Maintenance and job cutbacks ""; ""Roller- coaster prices ""; ""Few benefits for domestic consumers ""; ""Much of the electricity debacle was predictable ""; ""The democratic reaction ""; ""13 The Biggest Failures: California and Enron ""; ""California ""; ""Enron's rise and fall""; ""The build-up ""; ""Creative accounting ""; ""The downfall ""; ""The money trail ""
Control code
654106712
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 233 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781849641609
Lccn
2002015669
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt18fn6md
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)654106712
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Democracy and regulation : how the public can govern essential services, Greg Palast, Jerrold Oppenheim, and Theo MacGregor
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-223) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Contents""; ""Democracy and Regulation: An Introduction ""; ""1 Secrecy, Democracy and Regulation ""; ""2 Regulating in Public ""; ""Open information versus secrecy ""; ""Who is the public? ""; "" Consultation is not participation ""; ""Employees, service quality and democracy ""; ""Failings of the American system ""; ""3 Competition as Substitute for Regulation? Britain to California 28Crisis in California: electricity competition comes to America ""; ""Manipulation and monopoly abuse are impossible to prevent ""; ""Utility services are different ""
  • "" Deregulation creates new rules and bureaucracies """"The problem of volatility and new inefficiencies ""; ""The union worker, service quality and deregulation ""; ""Price discrimination ""; ""Democratic control of deregulation ""; ""4 Re- regulation is not Deregulation ""; ""Recent history ""; ""Principles ""; ""Restructuring the industry ""; ""Market power ""; ""Market segmentation ""; "" Competition for domestic customers 48Telephones: the new marketplace is raising prices ""; ""5 The Open Regulatory Process ""; ""The process ""; ""Principles ""; ""The regulators ""
  • ""6 Social Pricing """"Affordability programs ""; ""Consumer protections ""; ""Education programs ""; ""Efficiency and weatherization programs ""; ""Benefits ""; ""7 Issues that are Publicly Decided ""; ""Service quality, safety, prices and employment ""; ""Choice of utility ownership form ""; ""Universal service, including extension of service ""; ""Other regulatory agencies ""; ""Choice of technology ""; ""8 An Alternative: Democratic Negotiations ""; ""The filing ""; ""Intervention ""; ""Mediation ""; ""Discovery ""; ""An energy conservation case ""; ""Results of negotiations ""
  • ""9 Be There: A Guide to Public Participation 98Aim high """"Become informed ""; ""Demand participation ""; ""Forge coalitions ""; ""Persist ""; ""10 A History of Democratic Utility Regulation in the US ""; ""The early years ""; ""1880 1907 ""; ""Direct current ""; ""Alternating current ""; ""Public versus private ownership ""; ""1907 1929 ""; ""Regulation of IOUs ""; ""Development of holding companies ""; ""1930 1970 ""; ""Collapse of Insull s empire ""; ""Federal action ""; ""Public Utility Holding Company Act ""; ""Federal Power Act""; ""1980â€?2002""; ""Emerging deregulation""
  • ""11 Regulating the Multinational Utility """"United States ""; ""Brazil ""; ""Bolivia ""; ""Democracy: a value in itself ""; ""12 Failed Experiments in the UK and the US ""; ""The United Kingdom""; ""The United States""; ""Maintenance and job cutbacks ""; ""Roller- coaster prices ""; ""Few benefits for domestic consumers ""; ""Much of the electricity debacle was predictable ""; ""The democratic reaction ""; ""13 The Biggest Failures: California and Enron ""; ""California ""; ""Enron's rise and fall""; ""The build-up ""; ""Creative accounting ""; ""The downfall ""; ""The money trail ""
Control code
654106712
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 233 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781849641609
Lccn
2002015669
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt18fn6md
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)654106712
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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