The Resource Ties that bind : economic and political dilemmas of urban utility networks, 1800-1990, Charles David Jacobson, (electronic resource)

Ties that bind : economic and political dilemmas of urban utility networks, 1800-1990, Charles David Jacobson, (electronic resource)

Label
Ties that bind : economic and political dilemmas of urban utility networks, 1800-1990
Title
Ties that bind
Title remainder
economic and political dilemmas of urban utility networks, 1800-1990
Statement of responsibility
Charles David Jacobson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this comparative historical study, Charles David Jacobson explores broad public policy concerns about private monopoly and the role of government in society, while at the same time addressing highly practical questions of how to make ownership, regulatory, and contracting arrangements for municipal services work better."
  • "For his analysis, Jacobson draws upon economic history to shed light on relationships between technology, market forces, and problems of governance that have arisen in connection with different utility networks. Focusing on four major U.S. cities - Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh - his study spans nearly two centuries, from the creation of centralized water systems in the first half of the nineteenth century and the building of electric utilities from the 1880s to the 1980s to an analysis of cable television franchising from the 1960s to the 1980s. Throughout, he argues, information and transactions costs played decisive roles in determining how well different ownership and regulatory arrangements functioned in different situations."
  • "Based upon extensive research in primary sources and using bold conceptualizations for his analysis, Jacobson's work moves us closer to understanding the political, economic, and technological dilemmas of modern urban utility networks."--Jacket
  • In this comparative historical study, Charles David Jacobson explores broad public policy concerns about private monopoly and the role of government in society, while at the same time addressing highly practical questions of how to make ownership, regulatory, and contracting arrangements for municipal services work better. For his analysis, Jacobson draws upon economic history to shed light on relationships between technology, market forces, and problems of governance that have arisen in connection with different utility networks. Focusing on four major U.S. cities - Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh - his study spans nearly two centuries, from the creation of centralized water systems in the first half of the nineteenth century and the building of electric utilities from the 1880s to the 1980s to an analysis of cable television franchising from the 1960s to the 1980s. Throughout, he argues, information and transactions costs played decisive roles in determining how well different ownership and regulatory arrangements functioned in different situations. Based upon extensive research in primary sources and using bold conceptualizations for his analysis, Jacobson's work moves us closer to understanding the political, economic, and technological dilemmas of modern urban utility networks
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacobson, Charles David
Dewey number
363.6/0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD2766
LC item number
.J33 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public utilities
  • Public utilities
  • Water utilities
  • Electric utilities
  • Telecommunication policy
  • Cable television
Label
Ties that bind : economic and political dilemmas of urban utility networks, 1800-1990, Charles David Jacobson, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-273) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Waterworks -- 3. Electric utilities -- 4. Cable television and mass communications -- 5. Thinking about fixed networks in historical context
Control code
606493392
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Form of item
online
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)606493392
Label
Ties that bind : economic and political dilemmas of urban utility networks, 1800-1990, Charles David Jacobson, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-273) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Waterworks -- 3. Electric utilities -- 4. Cable television and mass communications -- 5. Thinking about fixed networks in historical context
Control code
606493392
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Form of item
online
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)606493392

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