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"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
USA

217-244-0208
217-244-7969 (Fax)

mbucheli@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/facultyprofile/faculty_profile.aspx?ID=10771

 
 
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
 
 
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