“Globalization, Electrical Energy and Multilevel Governance”

 From the editor

Enron may be gone but their policies live on.  

Presentation to the Globalization, Multilevel Goverance
and Democracy Conference, Institute of
Intergovernmental Relations, Kingston, Ontario, May 3,
Alexander Netherton
Simon Fraser University

Paradigm Shift, Changes in Policy Communities and Networks
PParadigm shift: from Keynesian to neoliberal P Emergence of global and regional policy communities and regulatory regimes
P New internationalization /continentalization of energy politics – ususal question centres on policy convergence
P Paradigm shift => changes in policy community and network (Perl and Coleman)
P Is there a shift in the nature of governance?
P Internationalization of the US regulatory model and energy regime to Canada
P Is this “multilevel governance”?
Introduction : Argument in Brief
Multilevel Governance in an Intergovernmental Region?
PQualified Yes
P Literature on “multilevel governance” searches
for supranational institutions
P North America dominated by intergovernmental
form of market integration
P US domestic regime share’s paradigmatic assumptions with, but is clearly dominant over international regime, CDN domestic regimes
PUS (dominant state’s) domestic policy regime
emerged as pivot in regional (Canada-US)
P Some predictable and other surprising changes to
process of governance
P A BC view of North American integration?
Introduction : Organization
Plan of Presentation
PTheoretical framework: Paradigm change =>
change in policy process
P Global origins of North American sectoral multilevel governance (SMG)
PRegional origins of SMG
P Centrality of SMG in paradigm shift
P Characteristics –policy community/network
P Present Summary / Conclusions /suggest
questions/ strategy for research
Globalization : Paradigm Change
New Policy Regimes (formal/informal rules) / Epistemic
Communities / Issue Networks
PInternational Energy Agency IEA /OECD energy
supply and investment regimes
P World Bank : privatization, anti-corruption and
development world capital market in
infrastructure for development & reconstruction
P World Trade Organization (WTO) :GATT and
GATS energy as commodity (Triad supply) as
service (transnationals)
P Kyoto Protocol / market and regulatory regimes
to reduce global warming
PUN World Commission on Dams (energy and
social contract)
P New technologies (gas turbine, point of use
technologies, chip)
Globalization : Policy Regime Changes
Complete Restructuring of Energy Sector
PEmerging global energy (and infrastructure)
transnationals that can work within and between
global regions (Hydro Quebec,Enron, others)
P Postwar utility: vertically integrated monopoly
(VIM) : energy production, transmission and
distribution in one firm P Neoliberal idea: divide VIM into different functionally specialized firms
P New functionally specialized firms form an energy sector that is integrated by a market
P All firms/markets within energy sector would need arms length regulation
P New organization provides opportunity structures for transnational investment

Globalization Electrical Energy


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