June 13, 2014 3rd Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures

3rd Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures


June 13th, 2014

Florence School of Regulation
Florence (Italy)


The EPPP research group collaborates actively with the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) water group (http://fsr.eui.eu/water).We are also involved in the organization of this series of conferences on the regulation of infrastructures since 2012. This event is organized every year by the FSR in Florence.

The de- and re-regulation of the different network industries is an ongoing process. As this process unfolds, ever new phenomena emerge, which generally call for more, rather than less regulatory intervention. Yet, the question about the right mixture between market, economic, technical and social regulation remains wide open in all network industries. And the question becomes even more acute when considering infrastructure development, as, at least in some of the network industries, state aid is practiced if not required, thus triggering additional questions of market distortion and the complex interplay between sector specific and competition regulation . This 3rd Florence Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures aims at taking stock of the major challenges infrastructure regulation is currently facing. It does so:

  • by looking at the main infrastructure sectors, notably  telecommunications, postal services, electricity, gas, railways, air transport, urban public transport , as well as  water distribution and sanitation; intermodal approaches to infrastructure regulation  (e.g., rail and air, road and rail, electricity and gas, post and telecommunications) are particularly encouraged
  • by looking at infrastructure regulation from various disciplinary approaches, notably  engineering, economics, law and political science; interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged ;
  • by linking an academic approach to practical relevance; policy relevant research papers are again particularly encouraged; and

finally, we especially welcome papers that link technology and institutions in a dynamic perspective. Interested junior academics – advanced PhD students, PostDocs and Assistant Professors – along with academically minded practitioners are particularly encouraged to participate . Outstanding papers will have the chance to be rapidly published in the Journal  Competition and Regulation in Network Industries. The best paper will receive an award.

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Related Presentations: 

  • Examining the results of the network industries modernisation: the case of urban water services in Europe – BOLOGNESI THOMAS
  • Knowing the FIELD for infrastructure regulation at local level: actors, information, incentives – BECCHIS FRANCO; RUSSOLILLO DANIELE; VANIN ELISA
  • The political economy of social regulation in infrastructure sectors. A political science perspective – ECKERT SANDRA
  • Competitive European Railways – GODWARD ERNEST; HOLVAD TORBEN
  • Current regulatory challenges in access to the railway infrastructure in Poland – KULIGOWSKA IZABELA
  • The Dynamics of Broadband Markets in Europe: Realizing the 2020 Digital Agenda – LEMSTRA WOLTER
  • New Models and Conflicts in the Interconnection and Delivery of Internet-mediated Content – MILNER FRIEDEN ROBERT
  • The Internet: black hole that creates business stars – PARCU PIER LUIGI; STASI MARIA LUISA
  • Does Regulation Give Incentives to Adapt Network Infrastructure to Climate Change? German case study – PECHAN ANNA
  • Capacity pricing schemes to implement open-access rail in Tanzania – PENA ALCARAZ MAITE; SUSSMAN JOSEPH M.; PÉREZ-ARRIAGA IGNACIO
  • Sector-specific regulation and general competition policy as friends not enemies – THATCHER MARK; RANGONI BERNARDO
  • Vertical Separation in Rail Transport : How Prices Influence Coordination? – THIEBAUD JEAN-CHRISTOPHE; AMARAL MIGUEL
  • Competitiveness in the energy and telecoms markets – WAGNER DANIEL; ALEXANDER IAN


3rd Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures

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