Call for papers: Regulation of Infrastructure Industries in an Age of Convergence

The following call for papers just came out:

2nd Annual Conference on the
Regulation of Infrastructure Industries in an Age of Convergence
organized by the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), European University Institute
to be held in Florence, 7 June 2013

The main infrastructures ??? energy, transport, and communications ??? have experienced significant liberalization processes over the past 30 years. Liberalization has generally been accompanied by market dynamics, as evidenced by the emergence of new entrants. But we have also witnessed a reinforcement of the historical operators (incumbents), which have often diversified into adjacent industries and even beyond, raising the question of their regulation as well as the question of the regulation of converging industries, as in the case of postal services and telecommunications, electricity and gas, or intermodal transport for that matter.
This evolution constitutes as many challenges for regulation, regulatory bodies and regulatory policy more generally. This conference aims at exploring these challenges for regulation and regulators across the infrastructures and in an interdisciplinary manner, combining engineering, economics, law, and political science.

Interested academics and academically oriented practitioners are invited to submit a 600 to 1000 word proposal (word document) by 15th February 2013 to FSR.transport@eui.eu. Please indicate in the subject heading ???FSR Conference 2013???.

The proposals should be structured as follows:
??? Title of the paper
??? Name of the author(s) and full address of the corresponding author (postal, phone, fax and email)
??? The aim and methodology of the paper
??? Results obtained or expected
??? A few keywords

Acceptance (or rejection) will notified by March 15th 2013. Final paper submission will be May 15th 2013. Participants who do not submit their final paper by that date and are not registered to the Conference will not be allowed to present.
Paper proposals will be reviewed by:
??? Prof. Matthias Finger | EPFL and FSR Transport director
??? Prof. Jean-Michel Glachant | FSR Energy director
??? Prof. Pier-Luigi Parcu | FSR Telecommunications director

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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