ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Electricity Reforms in the ASEAN

In the mid-to-late 1990s, several ASEAN countries initiated wide-ranging programmes to reform their electricity industries. Such reform, argued its proponents, would improve the productivity of the electricity industries and attract much needed private investment. A review of these reform experiences suggests that there is a significant disparity between the expected and actual outcomes of reform. Explanations for this disparity appear to be narrow, industry-centric and ideological. This is unhelpful as it obscures the real challenges confronting the electricity industries and precludes consideration of meaningful policy prescriptions. There is a need to develop a broader perspective on electricity reform. This paper is an attempt in that direction.

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