Working Papers Home

2015 Working Papers
2014 Working Papers
2013 Working Papers
2012 Working Papers
2011 Working Papers
2010 Working Papers
2009 Working Papers
2008 Working Papers
2007 Working Papers
2006 Working Papers
2005 Working Papers
2004 Working Papers
2003 Working Papers
2002 Working Papers
2001 Working Papers
2000 Working Papers

Search All Papers

JEL Classification

Past Working Papers (Prior to 2000)

Office of Research
Home Page

Information on
Submitting a Paper

"The Politics of Vertical Integration in Extractive Industries: Business History and Political Economy"

Marcelo Bucheli


First Author :

Marcelo Bucheli
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business
1206 S. Sixth Street, MC 706
Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-7969 (Fax)

Abstract :
The process of vertical integration by multinational corporations in the extractive sector of poor countries is not only an economic process, but also a political one affected by the host country’s social and political dynamics, the relationship between host country and home country, and the relationship between the multinational and the home country. This essay argues that some of these complexities cannot be fully captured by the quantitative methodology that currently dominates the social sciences, but rather require a detailed historical case analysis. I illustrate this by studying cases of the banana and the nitrate industries in the 19th and 20th centuries in Latin America.
Keywords :
Banana Industry, Business History, Nitrate Industry, Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment, Vertical Integration
Manuscript Received : 2007
Manuscript Published : 2007
This abstract has been viewed 2970 times.
Click here to view the full text of this paper.