Advances in Regulatory Economics series
Edited by Michael A. Crew, Paul R. Kleindofer and James I. Campbell Jr
The origins of this book can be traced back to 1990, when the ﬁrst Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics was held at Coton House, Rugby, England, July 22–25, 1990, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Penny Post and the contributions of Sir Rowland Hill. Since then there have been 15 conferences, three workshops, and now 14 edited volumes as part of the CRRI’s program on Postal and Delivery Economics. In 1990 it was unclear whether the economics of the postal sector would prove a fruitful ground for research. Indeed, few participants then, including the sponsors, Royal Mail and the International Express Carriers Conference (now the Global Express Association), could have envisaged that research in the postal and delivery sector would take oﬀ to the extent that it did, or anticipate the wave of postal reform that followed. The present volume oﬀers an overview of the multi-faceted international postal reform movement that has been gathering deﬁnition and force for two decades (see Chapter 1). The book aims to acquaint the reader with some of the background of postal reform and to impart a basic understanding of the nature of the postal and delivery sector and why fundamental reform has been introduced despite strong opposition. The book is also forward looking, oﬀering insights into the future direction of reform and identifying principles that will guide forthcoming policy and regulation of the postal sector. The editors have a long history of collaboration and an abiding interest...