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Power play : the fight for control of the world's electricity / Sharon Beder
Bib ID 2475247
Format BookBook
Author
Beder, Sharon
 
Description Melbourne : Scribe Publications, 2003 
xii, 402 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0908011970 (paperback)
Summary

Noted author Sharon Beder argues persuasively that the track record of electricity privatisation and the deregulation around the world indicates that it is a confidence trick. Using her inimitable techniques of comprehensive research and forensic analysis, she shows how simplistic ideology and economic theory have been used to mask the pursuit of self-interest; how control of electricity has been wrested from public hands to create profit opportunities for investors and multinational corporations; and how an essential public service has been turned into a speculative commmodity in the name of 'reform'. Power play explores the battles between private and public ownership in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia since the early 20th century, and the powerful agenda-setting and public relatins strategies used to secure victory for private interests. It investigates the way that developing countries such as Brazil and India have been forced to allow foreign investors to excercise a stranglehold over their electricity systems. And it uncovers the campaigns waged by think tanks, corporate interests, and multinatinal companies such as Enron to swindle the public in dozens of countries out of rightful control over an essential public service."--Cover.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Electric utilities -- Deregulation.  |  Privatization.

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