• Publication Regulation The new regulatory agenda
    January 1, 2004

    Published by the Social Market Foundation, January 2004. Regulation in Britain has grown gradually and continuously since the privatisations of the 1980s and 1990s. Its growth has been unplanned, but has now reached a critical mass, attracting widespread
  • Publication Water Water Prices: Memorandum to House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
    October 17, 2003

    The water periodic review currently under way has raised substantive issues about the nature of the regulatory regime, as well as the appropriateness of proposed price increases, and its impact on current and future customers. This memorandum summarises t
  • Publication Transport DTI Transport committee inquiry into The Future of the Railways
    September 10, 2003

    The government set out a new direction for transport policy in its integrated transport strategy White Paper, 'A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone', published in July 1998. This was followed by the 'Ten Year Plan'. A new era for the railways exp
  • Publication Climate Change The Assessment: Climate-change Policy
    September 1, 2003

    The paper provides a guide to climate-change policy, and, in particular, the three core components: targets, instruments, and institutional structures. First, the optimal path for reducing carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions, and the role of the social cost of
  • Publication Climate Change A Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme for the UK
    September 1, 2003

    Response to the DETR Consultation Document. The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (GGETS) is an ill-thought out and badly designed mechanism to reduce emissions. It is unlikely to meet its objectives, and should be regarded as a scheme to subsidise
  • Publication Water Whither Water Regulation?
    August 1, 2003

    In D.R.Helm (ed.), Water, Sustainability and Regulation, published by The Oxera Press, August 2003, pp. 1-12. As the water industry and its regulators prepare for the next round of price setting, there is an opportunity to set out a stable regulatory regi
  • Publication Water Water, Sustainability and Regulation
    August 1, 2003

    Edited by Dieter Helm, published August 2003 by The Oxera Press. This volume, published in the early stages of preparation for the 2004 water periodic review, contains contributions from political and regulatory representatives, industry experts and the c
  • Publication Environment DEFRA Sustainable Development Task Force: Comments on Priorities and Targets
    July 18, 2003

    Sustainable development has three principal components: environmental, social and economic growth. Targets and priorities are only comprehensible if they are related to objectives, and therefore the trade-offs between the three parts need to be defined.
  • Publication Environment Foreword: The Environment Agency
    May 23, 2003

    Foreword to publication by The Environment Agency. Over the last two decades, the case for using market-based economic instruments in environmental policy has gradually been won. Few policy makers now oppose such instruments in principle. The debate has m
  • Publication Transport Inquiry into Passenger Rail Franchising and the Future of Railways Infrastructure
    March 8, 2002

    Memorandum of Evidence submitted to the House of Commons Inquiry into Passenger Rail Franchising and the Future of Railway Infrastructure. This memorandum reviews the reasons for the failure of the Strategy Rail Authority's (SRA) refranchising strategy, c
  • Publication Regulation Making Britain more cometitive: A critique of Competition and Regulatory policy
    November 1, 2001

    Royal Bank of Scotland/Scottish Economic Society Seventh Annual Lecture. Published in Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 48 (5), 471-487. This paper provides a critique of the Labour government's attempts to make Britain more competitive by reforming
  • Publication Communications Review of the DTI's Structure, Priorities and Business Support
    September 21, 2001

    DTI carries out one of the widest ranges of functions of any Whitehall department. Most of these span across British industry (and hence can be considered as 'horizontal' functions). Others are industry or sector-specific (and are therefore 'vertical' fun
  • Publication Transport Transport Sub-committee Inquiry into Passenger Rail Franchising
    September 13, 2001

    This memorandum reviews the reasons for the failure of the Strategy Rail Authority's (SRA) refranchising strategy, comments on the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions' (DTLR) draft policy statement, and, in the light of the decision
  • Publication Transport Whither the Railways?
    May 21, 2001

    A Comment on "Phoenix from the Ashes" by Chris Green, for Institute of Economic Affairs. The failure to deliver the performance on the railways which its customers demand has led to a host of proposals for reform. These are often self-interested, and rang
  • Publication Environment Energy Policy and Environmental Impacts
    February 14, 2001

    Published in 'A Mortgaged Future: The Consequences of UK Energy Policy', proceedings of a British Energy seminar, held before a large audience of politicians, civil servants, business people, academics and others.
  • Publication Environment Next steps in Environmental Policy and Economic Instruments
    November 30, 2000

    Paper for the DETR Academic Panel. This paper addresses what might at first sight be deemed an impossible question: how to advise government on further applications of economic instruments to environmental policy, within the constraints of not taxing the
  • Publication Transport A critique of rail regulation
    October 17, 2000

    Beesley Lecture, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, October 17th 2000. Very few privatisations have been free of teething problems, and all new regulatory bodies have faced criticisms, made mistakes, and had to improvise and adapt with experience. Per
  • Publication Regulation The Good Behaviour Clause Inquiry
    July 13, 2000

    Paper for the Competition Commission. The 'good behaviour' clause adds another substantive layer of sector regulation to the electricity industry, at a time when significant structural changes are taking place, when NETA is being introduced, and when the
  • Publication Communications A note on Economic and Content Regulation in Broadcasting and Communications
    July 11, 2000

    Paper for the DTI. In the debates surrounding the Communications White Paper and subsequent legislation, a key issue is whether the regulatory architecture should separate out or integrate economic and content regulation. This note argues that: the ec
  • Publication Water Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Water Pricing and the Environment
    May 25, 2000

    Memorandum of Evidence submitted to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's Inquiry into Water Prices and the Environment. This memorandum focuses on: the institutional context of the water periodic review, the quadripartite process, the role
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