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Title: Regulation and innovation : the case of metering in public utilities
Author: Boyd, Keith J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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During the past twenty years there have been sharply contrasting policies towards the regulation of public utilities in France and the United Kingdom. In the UK there has been a policy of deregulation where private ownership abounds, encouraging market forces vis-à-vis political forces. In France by contrast a policy of 'public service' is sill paramount with many of the utilities remaining in government hands and enjoying monopoly rights. This research explores a third dynamic in the regulation of utilities, that of technological innovation. In particular this thesis examines the development of metering technology in relation to the regulation of four utility sectors; electricity; gas; water and telecommunications in France and the UK. Using a case study methodology it examines five theoretical approaches that can be used to analyse the role of innovation in regulatory change. These are the Techno-Economic Paradigm; Systems Theory; Sociotechnical Constituencies; Techno-Economic Networks and Evolutionary Theory. The analysis is then used to illuminate and guide future policy making towards public utility regulation and innovation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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