Big Business and Economic Development: Conglomerates and Economic Groups in Developing Countries and Transition Economies under Globalisation, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Big Business and Economic Development

Conglomerates and Economic Groups in Developing Countries and Transition Economies under Globalisation, 1st Edition

Edited by Alex E. Fernández Jilberto, Barbara Hogenboom


428 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy

As ever-increasing proportion of the world's business takes place across national borders, the need to understand the motive forces behind international business becomes greater. Transnationals are now, in many cases, as important as national governments in shaping trade flows and economic trends. As this series demonstrates, international business is not just the preserve of the largest companies, but impacts on all aspects of business and economic activity. This series is essential reading for policy makers as well as researchers in international business and applied international economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development