Private enterprise, direct municipal management and incorporation in the national network: the case of the production and distribution of electricity in Bordeaux (1887-1956)

Authors

  • Alexandre Fernández Université Bordeaux-Montaigne

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v0i16.18507

Keywords:

Electricity, Local Governance, Private Utilities

Abstract

Bordeaux presents the case, very rare in France, of a town which has known severa1 juridical changes in the development of electricity (and gas) service. Unti1 1919, the construction of the network and its exploitation were taken care of by private companies, as it was also the case in other cities. In 1919 the Municipal Council appropriated the means of production and of distribution of electricity, unti1 1956, right after general nationalization of 1946. This article tries to explain these legal changes, linking economics the capacity of supply and institutional factors in the analysis.

Published

2017-04-27

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