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Big Business and Economic Development
Conglomerates and Economic Groups in Developing Countries and Transition Economies under Globalisation

ISBN 9780415464611
Published May 28, 2008 by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together an international and multidisciplinary group of experts, this is the first comprehensive volume to analyze conglomerates and economic groups in developing countries and transition economies. Using sixteen in-depth case studies it provides a comparative framework for the study of contemporary process of privatization, economic and financial liberalization and neoliberal globalization.

Exploring the various causes and economic, social and political effects of the rise of ‘big business’ in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe, the main issues that are examined include:

  • the nature of contemporary economic concentration
  • the relations between ‘local’ and ‘external’ investors
  • the impact on development, and on economic and political control over its direction
  • the new role of the state towards conglomerates and economics groups
  • the effects of economic and political changes on the legitimacy of the state and large companies.

This volume is perfect as either a textbook or supplementary reading for students at all levels, as well as researchers and governmental and non-governmental professionals working and studying in the fields of international business and economic development.

Table of Contents

1. The New Expansion of Conglomerates and Economic Groups: An Introduction to Global Neoliberalization and Local Power Shifts Alex E. Fernández Jilberto and Barbara Hogenboom  Part I: Asia 2 Public versus Private: Governance in East Asia in the Age of Globalization Kurt W. Radtke  3. Conglomerates in Indonesia: The Road to Power and Beyond J. Thomas Lindblad  4. The Rise of Taiwanese Family-Owned Business Groups in the Telecommunication Industry Momoko Kawakami  5. Conglomerates in Iran: The Political Economy of Islamic Foundations Eva Rakel  Part II: Latin America  6. Latin American Conglomerates in the Neoliberal Era: The Politics of Economic Concentration in Chile and Mexico Alex E. Fernández Jilberto and Barbara Hogenboom  7. Economic Groups and the Rise and Collapse of Neoliberalism in Argentina Miguel Teubal  8. Economic Flexibilization and Denationalization in Brazil Roberto Rocco  9. Transnationals, Grupos and Business Associations in the Privatization of Central America’s Telecommunications Benedicte Bull  10. The Viagra Effect: Pharmaceutical Giants and the Puerto Rican Economy Antonio Carmona Báez  Part III: Africa  11. The Neoliberalizing African State and Private Capital Accumulation: The Case of Cameroon Piet Konings  12. The Resilience of Comprador Capitalism: ‘New’ Economic Groups in Southern Africa Stefan Andreasson  13. African Regional Groupings and Emerging Chinese Conglomerates Kwame Nimako  14. The Risky Business of Cocoa in Ghana: Local Entrepreneurs in a Buyer-Driven Chain Anna Laven  Part IV: Easterrn Europe  15. The Kremlin and the Oligarchs: Clashing Economic Interests in Russia André Mommen, Vasiliy Valuev and Serghei Golunov  16. The Rise of Conglomerates in Ukraine: The Donetsk Case Hans van Zon  17. The Impact of Multinational Investment in Central and Eastern Europe Wioletta Niemiec and Mariusz Niemiec

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