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The internationalization of the European electricity industry: The case of Vattenfall

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This article explains how the Swedish state-owned electricity company Vattenfall managed to become the most successful foreign player on the German electricity market. It does so by providing an in-depth historical analysis of Vattenfall's transformation from a national into an international actor, a process that proved long and difficult. The article starts out by identifying the transformation pressures that Vattenfall faced in the late 1980s. It then continues with a detailed analysis of Vattenfall's response to these pressures, culminating in a seemingly sudden wave of major acquisitions in Germany in the period 1999-2002.

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  • Högselius, Per, 2009. "The internationalization of the European electricity industry: The case of Vattenfall," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 17(3-4), pages 258-266, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:17:y:2009:i:3-4:p:258-266
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