Exploring Ahe Determinants Of "Best Practice" In Network Regulation: The Case Of The Electricity Sector

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In this paper the authors use a best practice index constructed from the survey responses of regulators in 40 countries to explore the determinants of outcomes in electricity network regulation. They construct a model of explained behavior where they are particularly interested in understanding the impact of industry setting, political, and economic environments on the degree of best practice regulation. The results suggest that political and economic institutions as well as the behavior of regulators in neighboring countries/states may be important determinants of outcomes; this also leads to the question whether one "Best practice" model is in fact applicable to countries with very different political and economic contexts.

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