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Business Groups and the State: The Politics of Expansion, Restructuring, and Collapse

Ben Ross Schneider

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199552863
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199552863.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Business Groups and the State: The Politics of Expansion, Restructuring, and Collapse

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Business groups combine empirically a variety of features that have fascinated researchers from a range of disciplines. However, debate and theorizing, both generally and in relation to politics, are unlikely to progress unless the features of interest are organized in different disciplines which are clearly distinguished from each other. At a minimum, distinctions are necessary among three types of business groups—informal, pyramidal, and diversified—and the theoretical approaches associated with each. Much of this article, especially the analysis of business groups as objects of policy, focuses on the diversification dimension. Yet, not all groups pursue equally politicized strategies. Business groups vary over time, across countries, and within countries in terms of what could be called degrees of political intimacy.

Keywords: business groups; informal; pyramidal; diversification dimension; politicized strategies

Article.  9243 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Business Strategy

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