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The social face of the Regulatory StateReforming public services in Europe$
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Sandra Eckert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090318

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090318.001.0001

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A European model of public service regulation?

A European model of public service regulation?

(p.39) 4 A European model of public service regulation?
The social face of the Regulatory State

Sandra Eckert

Manchester University Press

Chapter four introduces the European context for policymaking in the public utilities. It questions whether a European model of public service regulation has emerged throughout the process of supranational reregulation accompanying liberalisation in various sectors. The chapter compares the evolution of an EU-wide regulatory regime in three sectors, namely telecoms, postal and electricity since the late 1980s. Three phases of reregulation are distinguished, an initial phase launching market opening in the public utilities (1988-98), an intermediary phase of reregulation (1999-2003), and a last phase of consolidating the regulatory regimes (2004-9). A concluding section discusses to what extent there is a European dimension to social regulation in these sectors, referring to aspects related to service provision and employment.

Keywords:   electricity, liberalisation, postal service, regulation, telecoms

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