Publication Details

Beder, S, Electricity: the global impacts of power reforms, in Chavez, D (ed), Beyond the Market: The Future of Public Services, Public Services Yearbook 2005/6, TNI/Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Amsterdam, 2006.


Dozens of governments have embarked on the pathway to electricity deregulation and privatisation since the mid-1990s. It has become the accepted wisdom amongst governments and opinion leaders despite the consequent price rises and disasters that have followed in its wake: the series of blackouts that have been experienced from Buenos Aires to Auckland; the government bailouts of electricity companies that have been necessary in California and Britain; the need for electricity rationing in Brazil; and the fact that it has become too expensive for millions of people from India to South Africa.