The authors analyze the laws and institutions established over time to address the railway issue.

FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) will host an event to launch the book entitled “Regulation and Competition in the Railway Sector”, at FGV Bookstore (Praia do Botafogo, 190), at 6 p.m. on April 27. Written by Professor Patrícia Sampaio (Direito Rio) and researcher Mariam Daychoum (UFRJ), the book adopts a historical approach to break down the industry’s development throughout the 20th Century.

The authors analyze the laws and institutions established over time to address the railway issue. This study reveals a clear political bias in Brazil towards the road modality during the second half of the 20th century, which ultimately undermined the role of railways in the country’s logistics framework.

Published by Lumen Juris, the book also lays out the underlying economic issues regarding the regulation of railways and sheds light on international experiences, such as the sector’s historical development in Germany and England.

“Learning about Germany’s experience is enriching in many ways: it is the densest network in the world, and over which the extent and limits of the liberalization process established by European policies have been discussed for at least two decades. In England’s case, in addition to benefiting from being the pioneers in technological development within this industry, the country has a vastly enriching history in terms of progress and setbacks when it comes to privatization and new competitors,” said Professor Patrícia Sampaio.

After this economic and comparative law immersion, the final chapter addresses recent regulatory reforms witnessed in the Brazilian railway sector.

The book was one of the byproducts of a research project developed by Direito Rio’s Center for Research in Law and Economics (CPDE), in partnership with FGV's Center for Regulation and Infrastructure Studies (FGV CERI).

Go to the website.for more information, in Portuguese, on the book.

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