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After Divestiture
The Political Economy of State Telecommunications Regulation
After Divestiture
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Paul Teske - Author
SUNY series in Public Administration
Price: $52.50 
Hardcover - 162 pages
Release Date: July 1990
ISBN10: 0-7914-0323-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0323-5

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Paperback - 162 pages
Release Date: July 1990
ISBN10: 0-7914-0324-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0324-2

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Summary

This book analyzes the politics of state regulatory decision-making in telecommunications after the AT&T divestiture in 1984. The author takes a political-economy approach that explains how interest groups and institutional factors have shaped different state policies. He shows that the structure and composition of state regulatory institutions have important effects on pricing and competition in the telecommunications industry.

The innovative methodology of this work combines qualitative empirical analysis from the entire U.S. with case studies of eight states. It identifies the deregulation winners and losers by examining the impact of changes in local and long-distance price structures on different groups, including users of telecommunications services, small businesses, residential consumers, and rural residents. The book includes recommendations for improving state policy.

"Teske's work avoids the pitfalls of previous work and exhibits the methodological quality now found in good empirical political science. He shows excellent command of economics and political science as well as a nuanced careful understanding of empirical methods. He orchestrates his conclusions using a variety of multivariate and case-study techniques such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. His most important finding is that regulatory orientation matters." -- Peter VanDoren, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Paul E. Teske is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Management at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is an Affiliated Research Fellow with the Center for Telecommunications and Information Studies of Columbia University.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Telecommunications Regulatory History

History

Divestiture

Policy Issues After Divestiture

Conclusions

2. Political Economic Theories of Deregulation

Theories of Regulation and Deregulation

Theoretical Summary

Conclusions

3. Telecommunications Economics and State Regulatory Options

Telecommunications Economics

State Regulatory Options

Actual Policy After 1982

Conclusions

4. Interest Group Formation

General Benefits and Costs

Group Benefits and Costs

Geographic Benefits and Costs

Interest Group Incentives

5. Quantitative Analysis of State Decisions

Methodology

Independent Variables and Hypotheses

Results for Pricing Decisions

Results for Competitive Entry Decisions

Interpretations

Conclusions

6. Comparative Case Study: New Jersey and New York

Multivariate Comparison

Actual Policy Choices

Regulatory Agencies and the Policy Process

Explanations

Conclusions

7. Case Studies of Innovative States: Illinois, Virginia, and Vermont

Illinois

Virginia

Vermont

Conclusions

8. Bypassing the Regulators: U S West

U S West's Regulatory Strategy

Nebraska

Arizona

Idaho

Conclusions

9. Conclusions

Theoretical Implications

Policy Implications

Future

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index


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