. . . Using a series of narrative case studies—the OPEC oil embargoes of the 1970s, the Gulf War (1990–91), and the California electricity crisis (2000–01)—DeLor (political science, Univ. of Texas, Rio Grande Valley) provides a very detailed, area-specific study of the regulation of private electric utilities. The book is well sourced and will provide scholars in this area of research with a new way of looking at and explaining the policy process. . . DeLor has taken on a difficult task, and he carves out new theoretical space. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, professionals.