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Deregulatory Takings and the Regulatory Contract : The Competitive Transformation of Network Industries in the United States - J.Gregory Sidak

Deregulatory Takings and the Regulatory Contract

The Competitive Transformation of Network Industries in the United States

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Published: 28th November 1997
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This book addresses deregulatory policies that threaten to reduce or destroy the value of private property in network industries without any accompanying payment of just compensation, policies that are termed 'deregulatory takings'. The authors further consider the problem of renegotiation of the regulatory contract, which changes the terms and conditions of operation of utility companies. They argue that constitutional protections of private property from takings, as well as efficient remedies for contractual breach, provide the proper foundation for the competitive transformation of the network industries. The benefits of competition do not stem from government regulations that redistribute income from utility investors to customers, nor do such benefits stem from regulatory policies for network access that promote free riding on incumbent facilities by entrants. Such actions represent a new version of increased regulation, not deregulation.

"Sidak and Spulber offer not only a profitable eye-opener of how deregulation of government-sponsored monopolies is a 'taking' of private property from the investors in those firms, but also a well-written analysis of the economics of networking in the modern economy. Every investor in the telecommunications industry would profit from their analysis." Armen A. Alchian, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles "This excellent and significant book addresses the means of achieving a more competitive economy through extensive deregulation without simultaneously destroying the foundations of a competitive economy: contract and property rights. Everyone knows in theory that all citizens benefit both from greater competition and secure contract and property rights. This important book explains how in practice these two objectives can best be achieved. All citizens interested in the social control of industrial enterprise in today's world should read this book." George L. Priest, John M. Olin Professor of Law and Economics, Yale Law School "This excellent and significant book addresses the means of achieving a more competitive economy through extensive deregulation without simultaneously destroying the foundations of a competitive economy: contract and property rights. Everyone knows in theory that all citizens benefit both from greater competition and secure contract and property rights. This important book explains how in practice these two objectives can best be achieved. All citizens interested in the social control of industrial enterprise in today's world should read this book." George L. Priest, John M. Olin Professor of Law and Economics, Yale Law School "Sidak and Spulber offer not only a profitable eye-opener of how deregulation of government-sponsored monopolies is a 'taking' of private property from the investors in those firms, but also a well-written analysis of the economics of networking in the modern economy. Every investor in the telecommunications industry would profit from their analysis." Armen A. Alchian, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles "Sidak and Spulber have written the first comprehensive analysis of a subject that is as important as it is arcane. Their masterful book analyzes both the legal and economic sides of the issue, with unmatched sophistication and depth, from the perspective of those whose networks have become the immediate targets of regulatory deconstruction. The book will likely remain the definitive work on the subject for years to come. Sidak and Spulber have defined the contours of a debate that is likely to redefine the nature of property, and the limits to its regulation, in the networked economy of cyberspace." Peter W. Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; author, Law and Disorder in Cyberspace (Oxford University Press 1997) "Sidak and Spulber have written the first comprehensive analysis of a subject that is as important as it is arcane. Their masterful book analyzes both the legal and economic sides of the issue, with unmatched sophistication and depth, from the perspective of those whose networks have become the immediate targets of regulatory deconstruction. The book will likely remain the definitive work on the subject for years to come. Sidak and Spulber have defined the contours of a debate that is likely to redefine the nature of property, and the limits to its regulation, in the networked economy of cyberspace." Peter W. Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; author, Law and Disorder in Cyberspace (Oxford University Press 1997) "Deregulatory Takings and the Regulatory Contract is a specialized work suitable for use in advanced graduate courses in economics, public administration, and management and as a reference for those directing the work of firms in industries extensively regulated by the government." Gayle Avant, Perspectives on Political Science "The contents and style of the book both challenge the reader to take sides. Thus, in spite of the more than 600page length, the reader stays captivated from beginning to end. The book is insightful and certainly covers an important topic." Ingo Vogelsang, Journal of Comparative Economics "Sidak and Spulber's book is clearly written, accessible, and timely, especially given the debate over deregulation that has been brewing for nearly twenty years. It is also provocative and controversial, as the micropolitics of the deregulation debate might suggest...their book challenges us to think about how the costs of regulatory transformation should be allocated among stakeholders." Jim Rossi, Texas Law Review

Preface
The nature of the controversy
Deregulation and network pricing
Quarantines and quagmires
The regulatory contract
Remedies for breach of the regulatory contract
Takings and the property of the regulated utility
Just compensation for deregulatory takings
The efficient component-pricing rule
The market-determined efficient component-pricing rule
Answering the critics of efficient component-pricing
The equivalence rule
TSLRIC pricing and the fallacy of forward-looking costs
Deregulatory takings and efficient capital markets
Limiting principles for stranded cost recovery
Deregulation and managed competition in network industries
The tragedy of the telecommons
References
Indices
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ISBN: 9780521591591
ISBN-10: 0521591597
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 28th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.13