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Privatisation Policy in Spain: Stuck Between Liberalisation and the Protection of Nationals’ Interests

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  • Pablo Arocena
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    This paper carries out an overview of the recent history of privatisation in Spain. At this point, the paper focuses on the analysis of the economic, financial and political objectives pursued by successive Spanish Administrations. It is argued that privatisation policy has been inconsistent with the liberalising measures, reflecting the conflict between the advocacy of market liberalisation and the protection of nationals’ interests. Likewise, we review the still very scarce empirical evidence on the economic consequences of privatisation on firms’ and markets’ performance, with a particular emphasis on the analysis of privatisation and liberalisation in the utilities sectors.

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    Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1187.

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    Date of creation: 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1187

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    Keywords: privatisation; liberalisation; Spain; utilities;

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    1. Arocena, Pablo & Kuhn, Kai-Uwe- & Regibeau, Pierre, 1999. "Regulatory reform in the Spanish electricity industry: a missed opportunity for competition," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 27(7), pages 387-399, July.
    2. Arocena, Pablo & Contin, Ignacio & Huerta, Emilio, 2002. "Price regulation in the Spanish energy sectors: who benefits?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(10), pages 885-895, August.
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