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March 5, 2007 - News

Cambridge University Press prints "Political Economy of Power Sector Reform"

By Rose Kontak

Over the last 15 years the world's largest developing countries have initiated market reforms in their electric power sectors from generation to distribution. This book evaluates the experiences of five of those countries - Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa - as they have shifted from state-dominated systems to schemes allowing for a larger private sector role. As well as having the largest power systems in their regions and among the most rapidly rising consumption of electricity in the world, these countries are the locus of massive financial investment and the effects of their power systems are increasingly felt in world fuel markets. In-depth case studies also reveal important variations in reform efforts. This accessible volume explains the origins of these reform efforts and offers a theory as to why - despite diverse backgrounds - reform efforts in all five countries have stalled in similar ways.

-The first study to cover the big emerging economies of China and India whose development will be crucial to world energy markets

-Comprehensive up-to-date reviews and assessments allow readers to learn easily about diverse reform experiences

-Rigorous case study analysis follows sound political science methods without jargon

Contact Rose Kontak or the publisher for purchase.




Topics: Electricity | Energy | Investment | Brazil | China | India | Mexico | South Africa