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The electricity companies fought back. Sharon Beder is the author of numerous books, including Global Spin, Selling the Work Ethic, and The Nature of Sustainable Development. She is currently associate professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
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Beder, Sharon (2003). Power Play: The fight for control of the world's electricity. Australia: Scribe Publications. Environmental Principles and Policies (UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86840-857-6, Publication date: September 2006) & EARTHSCAN, London, UK Paperback, ISBN 978-1-84407-404-4, Publication date: October 2006).
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.
Beder notes justly on the opening page of her book, The privatisation of electricity is not something that citizens have .
Beder notes justly on the opening page of her book, The privatisation of electricity is not something that citizens have demanded or wanted. The volume details the struggle for control over this basic form of energy, ranging from the early days in the United States, when Thomas Edison first conceived of the idea of selling electricity, to the post-World War II era of the International Monetary Fund’s free market restructuring. Power Play painstakingly documents the impact on electricity of what become known in the 1970s as neoliberalism in Europe, neoconservatism in the US, and economic rationalism or economic fundamentalism in Australia.
This book proves this point with respect to the privatization of utilities. In this book, the author shows: 1. How the control of power generation, transmission, and usage has shifted back and forth between the public and private (corporate) sphere over the last century.
Throughout this history, the control of electricity generation and distribution has sparked considerable controversy. In the past 15 years, such controversy has centered on a wave of deregulation and privatization
Throughout this history, the control of electricity generation and distribution has sparked considerable controversy. In the past 15 years, such controversy has centered on a wave of deregulation and privatization. This book, by an Australian academic with the instinct of a muckraker, is an expose of the ideology, unfounded claims, and corporate interest that drove such widespread privatization
Power Play: The fight for control of the world's electricity.
Sharon Beder is an honorary professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.
As electrification spread across America in the early twentieth century, private corporations moved quickly to reap unprecedented profits from millions of new paying customers. Blocking their path was the widespread view that electricity was a basic need and that its production should be regulated—if not owned outright—by the public. The electricity companies fought back, buying up newspapers, radio stations, and politicians, and flooding the schools with free, pro-industry schoolbooks. Their actions heralded the advent of corporate public relations, and form a major chapter in the history of the industry.
In an eye-opening investigation, Sharon Beder’s Power Play reveals the decades-long struggle to wrest control of electricity from public hands. Her analysis ranges from the machinations of American political power to grassroots struggles in South Asia aimed at stemming the environmental degradation caused by multinational energy providers. In so doing, she sets the stage for understanding the damage done by deregulation, the roots of the Enron scandal, and the contemporary debacle of electricity supply.
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