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Gas Pipelines and the Emergence of America's Regulatory State

Gas Pipelines and the Emergence of America's Regulatory State
A History of Panhandle Eastern Corporation, 1928–1993

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Part of Studies in Economic History and Policy: USA in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521567329

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  • The study of Panhandle Eastern's history shows the relationship between regulatory policy and the modern corporation in the twentieth century from a unique perspective, for it extends over three eras. This book shows how entrepreneurs competed, first, in an unregulated industry through the exercise of unrestrained corporate muscle, then as it became increasingly regulated and profitable, and finally in the era of business reorganization and deregulation when regulators changed the structure of the pipeline industry.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...A well written history....Castaneda and Smith are skilled in providing brief sketches of Panhandle executives." Business History Review

    "Gas Pipelines is a balanced and careful book that tells an important and thought-provoking story." Werner Troesken, The Journal of Economic History

    "The history of Panhandle Eastern, clearly and sparsely delineated by Castaneda and Smith, provides exceptionally useful evidence of the dysfunctionality of federal energy regulation, largely reinforcing the earlier work of H.K. Vietor; provides a carefully researched case history of adaptation to changing regulatory and political environments; and together with earleir work, identifies Castaneda as the principal historian of a major industry." Roger M. Olien,The Journal of American History

    "The authors' principle theme is the relationship between Panhandle's business strategy and the shifting regulatory environment in which it operated. They give a good account of the company side of the relationship. They conducted scores of interviews with present and past Panhandle employees and had unrestricted access to corporate archives. The result is a story both detailed and readable." Technology and Culture

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    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521567329
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 14 maps 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Free Competition - Captive Markets:
    2. Promoting Panhandle Eastern
    3. The Power Trust at bay
    4. The triumph of William Maguire
    Part II. Managing Regulation: The Challenge:
    5. Competing in new forums
    6. Regulatory dynamics and market control
    7. Strategic diversifications
    Part III. Search For a New Equilibrium:
    8. Strategic innovations
    9. Struggle for corporate control
    10. The new order
    Appendix 1 - An earlier effort
    Appendix 2 - Interview list.

  • Authors

    Christopher J. Castaneda, California State University, Sacramento
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    Clarance M. Smith
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