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Ties That Bind
Charles David Jacobson
Price: $ 35

In this comparative historical study, Jacobson draws upon economic theory to shed light on relationships between technology, market forces, and problems of governance that have arisen in connection with different utility networks over the past two hundred years. He focuses on water, electric, and cable television utility networks and on experiences in four major American cities-Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh. Ties That Bind addresses highly practical questions of how to facilitate ownership, regulatory, and contracting arrangements and also explores broader concerns about private monopoly and the role of government in society.

Charles David Jacobson is a senior research associate with Morgan Angel and Associates, public policy consultants in Washington, D.C. He has a Ph.D. in applied history and social sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, and has since consulted for a number of organizations, including the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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