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Oil, Gas, and Government: The U.S. Experience (Hardback)


By Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

About the Book
More than a decade in the making, this two-volume treatise ranks as the definitive history of government intervention in the U.S. oil and gas market. Meticulously detailed, chronologically ordered by industry sector, and drawing on insights from the social sciences, the book is an invaluable reference as well as a perceptive analysis of the political motivations and economic conseqences of regulation. Written in an understandable style and utilizing "the common sense of political economy," Oil, Gas, and Government is accessible to both the energy specialist and the general reader with an understanding of economic policy.

While the primary focus of this book is government intervention specific to oil and gas, it also offers a summary and analysis of much non specific intervention such as labor market regulation, securities regulation, and the regulation and subsidization of roadways, waterways, railroads, and trucking. Environmental regulation and antitrust law are covered as well. Oil, Gas, and Government is more than a magnum opus on oil and gas, it is "a landmark in regulatory studies." No one with a professional interest in oil and gas or a general interest in regulation should be without this book.
About the Author
Robert L. Bradley Jr. is president of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston. He is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute.
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What Others Have Said
"This is an important book that should be read for its critical look at the oil and gas industries. Bradley's interdisciplinary approach is unique and includes social science, public policy, applied economics, and history. A good addition to any library."
—William A. Mogel, Editor in Chief, Energy Law Journal

"Oil, Gas, and Government is an invaluable reference source on oil and gas regulation throughout American history. No top-notch energy lawyer should be without this book."
—Edward E. Clark, Former Deputy General Counsel, Atlantic Richfield Co.

"Robert Bradley's book belongs in every library covering the relation of government to the petroleum industries. It is unique in its range over time and subject. In rich detail it shows how mixed but mostly good intentions led always to economic waste with no offsetting social gain."
—M. A. Adelman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology