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Democracy and regulation : how the public can govern essential services

Author: Greg Palast; Jerrold Oppenheim; Theo MacGregor
Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2003.
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Shows how the deregulation of public services in the US has been a success, why it has failed elsewhere, and what can be done to fix this.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Palast, Greg.
Democracy and regulation.
London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2003
(OCoLC)647606968
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Palast; Jerrold Oppenheim; Theo MacGregor
ISBN: 0745319432 9780745319438 0745319424 9780745319421
OCLC Number: 50694765
Description: xx, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Hon. Carl Wood --
Democracy and Regulation: An Introduction --
Secrecy, Democracy and Regulation --
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 --
Competition as Substitute for Regulation? Britain to California --
Crisis 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 --
Re-regulation is not Deregulation --
Recent history --
Restructuring the industry --
Market power --
Market segmentation --
"Competition" for domestic customers --
Telephones: the new marketplace is raising prices --
The Open Regulatory Process --
The process --
The regulators --
Social Pricing --
Affordability programs --
Consumer protections --
Education programs --
Efficiency and weatherization programs --
Benefits --
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 --
An Alternative: Democratic Negotiations --
The filing --
Intervention --
Mediation --
Discovery --
An energy conservation case.
Responsibility: Greg Palast, Jerrold Oppenheim, and Theo MacGregor.

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