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Politics of Public Utility Regulation in the United States, 1980 (ICPSR 8080)

Principal Investigator(s): Gormley, William T. Jr.


For this data collection, interviews were conducted in 1979-1980 with managers associated with the public utility regulation process in 12 states. Respondents were public utility commissioners, public utility commission staff members, utility company executives, assistant attorneys general, and representatives of citizens' groups (both governmental and nongovernmental advocates). Variables include attitudinal measures regarding issues in the public utility regulation process, as well as perceptions of organizational accountability, decision-making processes, allocation of resources, and diffusion of innovations within the various organizations associated with the regulatory process. Background information on each respondent was also collected, but many of these variables were recoded as missing data to protect the anonymity of the respondents.

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Study Description


Gormley, William T., Jr. POLITICS OF PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 1980. Conducted by William T. Gormley Jr., University of Wisconsin-Madison. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1985. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08080.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08080.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    advocacy, citizen participation, consumers, corporate responsibility, energy consumption, energy industry, organizational behavior, policy making, public utilities, public utilities commissions, regulatory processes, utility rates, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979--1980

Universe:    Managers associated with public utility regulation in 12 states.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Restrictions: To protect respondent privacy, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-03-18

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