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Power Failure and Policy Failure: The Politics of Electric Utility Restructuring Across the American States

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While the broad purpose of this research is to provide an improved understanding of general state policy innovation, we develop and test a model of policy innovation which examined the factors that influence the probability of a state restructuring its electric utility policies. The results of our model of electric restructuring generally support our hypotheses and more broadly the literature regarding policy innovation. Economic interests continue to represent a key factor in understanding the policy choices of state legislatures. States which faced high energy costs were most likely to look for opportunities to reduce those costs. Furthermore, states legislatures with the greatest resources and expertise were quickest to explore and adopt policy innovations in response to their high energy costs. States where the general policy preferences of those in power favored deregulation were also more likely to restructure. Finally, we note it is interesting that a policy innovation which has failed so miserably was most likely to be adopted by the most professional (sophisticated) legislatures.

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Ardoin, Phillip., Grady, Dennis. and Kanipe, Johnathan. "Power Failure and Policy Failure: The Politics of Electric Utility Restructuring Across the American States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Sep 01, 2005 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p41081_index.html>

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Ardoin, P. J., Grady, D. and Kanipe, J. , 2005-09-01 "Power Failure and Policy Failure: The Politics of Electric Utility Restructuring Across the American States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p41081_index.html

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Abstract: While the broad purpose of this research is to provide an improved understanding of general state policy innovation, we develop and test a model of policy innovation which examined the factors that influence the probability of a state restructuring its electric utility policies. The results of our model of electric restructuring generally support our hypotheses and more broadly the literature regarding policy innovation. Economic interests continue to represent a key factor in understanding the policy choices of state legislatures. States which faced high energy costs were most likely to look for opportunities to reduce those costs. Furthermore, states legislatures with the greatest resources and expertise were quickest to explore and adopt policy innovations in response to their high energy costs. States where the general policy preferences of those in power favored deregulation were also more likely to restructure. Finally, we note it is interesting that a policy innovation which has failed so miserably was most likely to be adopted by the most professional (sophisticated) legislatures.

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Power Failure and Policy Failure: The Politics of Electricity Restructuring Across the American States Phillip J. Ardoin Appalachian State University Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice Boone NC 28607 E-mail: ardoinpj@appstate.edu Dennis O. Grady Appalachian State University Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice E-mail: gradydo@appstate.edu Johnathan Kanipe Appalachian State University Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice Boone NC 28607 This manuscript was prepared for presentation at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
provide state legislatures with unique opportunities they also represent true risks. In summary the results of our analysis suggest that economic interests continue to represent a key factor in understanding the policy choices of state legislatures. States which faced high energy costs were most likely to look for opportunities to reduce those costs. Furthermore states legislatures with the greatest resources and expertise were quickest to explore and adopt policy innovations in response to their high energy costs. States where


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