Book Launch: Business groups and transnational capitalism in Central America

What is the role of traditional business groups in developing countries in the context of a global economy? Is the varieties of capitalism approach that was developed to distinguish between different forms of capitalism with European or North American origin, useful to study the relationship between firms and institutions in highly dependent and volatile economies? Are large multi-sectoral business groups a part of Central Amerrica’s development problems or their solutions?

These and other questions will be discussed in the launch of the book “Business Groups and Transnational Capitalism in Central America: Economic and Political Strategies” by Benedicte Bull, Fulvio Castellacci and Yuri Kasahara (Palgrave, 2014), based on a novel and thorough study of 68 of the largest business groups in the Central American region.

After an introduction by the authors, there will be comments by  Ben Ross Schneider and Lars Mjøset.

Ben Ross Schneider is Ford International Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the MIT Brazil program. His research has covered general Fields of comparative politics and political economy with a particular emphasis on Latin America. Recently he has published the book “Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America: Business, Labor, and the Challenges of Equitable Development” where he develops a typology for Latin American countries based on the debate raised by Varieties of Capitalism literature.

Lars Mjøset is Professor at the Institute for Sociology and Human Geography at University of Oslo. His research has covered fields of comparative political economy and epistemology of social sciences applied to methodology. Regarding the former, his work has focused on defining the particularities of the capitalist system found in Nordic countries.

With: Ben Ross Schneider, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Lars Mjøset, University of Oslo (UiO), and the authors: Benedicte Bull, SUM, UiO, Fulvio Castellacci, TIK, UiO and Yuri Kasahara, NIBR/UiO.

Published Sep. 15, 2014 2:33 PM - Last modified Nov. 9, 2015 11:51 AM