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Democratization, globalization, and increased environmental awareness have had a profound impact on the regulation of industry in the energy and natural resources sector. This book analyses the changes in character of the way this industry is regulated, and seeks to make connections with theoretical perspectives on regulation as a major part of the modern legal system. Part I examines the emergence of alternatives to regulation, such as 'soft law' in developing countries, the European Electricity and Gas Directives of 1996 and 1998, the idea of regulation of company structure as opposed to performance, multi-faceted government alternative regulatory instruments, and market mechanics. Part II analyses conventional methods of regulation, and how they have evolved, including case studies from the Netherlands, the USA, Singapore, New Zealand, and the UK. Part III looks at regulatory innovations such as environmental audit, self-regulation, the 'Voluntary Action Plan', private-sector standard setting, and certification. Part IV examines the role of non-state actors, and their response to national and supranational regulatory changes, and globalization. Recent shifts in the perception of energy security, failures in energy company corporate governance, and evolving self-regulatory frameworks renders this a timely and worthy examination of the issues facing the energy and natural resources industry today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199299874
ISBN-10: 0199299870
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 31mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Barry Barton

Barry Barton is Professor, School of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand Alastair Lucas is Chair of Natural Resources Law and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science, University of Calgary, Canada Lila Barrera Hernandez is Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Canada Anita Ronne is Associate Professor in Energy Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Chair of the Academic Advisory Group of the Secion of Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association, and Chair of the Danish Energy Law Society

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