Privatisation, economic regulation and competition in utilities: have we got the balance right?


  • 14/11/2013
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Speaker: Professor Amelia Fletcher, Professor of Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Commentator: Steve Smith, Retail Competition & Regulatory Strategy Director, Lloyds Banking Group

Regulation has mutated, but into what: an ungainly monster or a beautiful butterfly? This wide-ranging lecture will put contemporary thinking in regulation under the microscope – examining how and why regulation, originally envisaged as an alternative to or stepping stone towards competition, has evolved to date, and questioning whether we have got the balance right?

The Beesley Lectures are a series of eight annual lectures covering regulated industries in the UK. The lectures are held in memory of Professor Michael Beesley, who was a leading architect of the British  system of utility regulation and a Managing Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He founded the series in 1991 and organised them until his death in 1999.

Taking place every Thursday between 3rd October and 21st November this year, the events will begin with registration at 6.30pm at the Institute of Directors. Delegates are encouraged to network over refreshments until 7pm, when the lecture will commence. An industry-leading speaker will address the audience for one hour and a specialist will give a short response before handing over to the audience for further discussion. Each lecture will end at 8.45pm with refreshments.

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In association with:The School of Social Sciences, City University London