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Handbook of Worldwide Postal Reform
Advances in Regulatory Economics Series
The postal and delivery sector has been the subject of considerable interest in recent years. This book brings together a number of contributions directed at understanding developments in the field of postal reform. The authors review the experience and plans of individual countries to provide some perspective on the problems faced in the area and the varied approaches being taken to address them. They also review key elements of policy and strategy that are important in this debate. Gradual change occurred throughout the world's postal systems during the 1990s and into the 21st century. Regulatory and legal developments, together with advances in micro-electronics, fiber optics, and electronic substitution, continue to have a major impact on the sector. Regulatory changes have been most visible in Europe with the approval of the 3rd Postal Directive for the European Union in 2008. However, Europe has not been alone in facing these changes. Legislators in the US have also attempted to respond to changes in postal markets with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).
Similar trends toward restructuring and reform of the sector are evident in other countries as well. This comprehensive book analyzes and describes the forces underlying these changes, the nature of the responses to them at national and regional levels, and some of the major challenges that postal operators, postal customers, and regulators are likely to encounter in the future. Scholars and students of regulation in general and those specifically interested in the postal and delivery sector will find this volume invaluable, as will policymakers and professionals within the industry.
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'... this particular Handbook is different from other volumes. It presents the broader context of worldwide postal reform. It is released at the perfect time to give an overview on where different countries or even continents are on their way of transforming postal markets... the book offers insights into the future directions of reform and identifies principles that will guide forthcoming policies and regulation... The book offers a comprehensive overview on the most important topics in the field... The particular strength of the book comes from the wide range of cases all over the world allowing a comparison of how different regions approach the postal reform and transformation processes... the Handbook gives a very good overview of the postal industry's transformation. It benefits largely from the rich and world-spanning case studies that allow a comparison and give an overview of different issues and approaches in reforming an industry which is not only different from other network industries but also faces challenges like increasing competition, electronic substitution and the presence of specific geographical and local conditions. As such, it makes very good reading for those interested in the problems related to postal reforms and especially those who want to gain an overview on how different countries and regions approach postal regulation and the transformation of the postal industry.' -- Martin Maegli, Competition and Regulation of Network Industries