33 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2011
Date Written: February 28, 2011
Classic Big Push industrialization envisions state planners coordinating economic activity to internalize a range of externalities that otherwise lock in a low-income equilibrium, but runs afoul of well-known government failure problems. Successful Big Push coordination may occur instead when a large business group, acting in its controlling shareholder’s self-interest, coordinates the establishment and expansion of businesses in diverse sectors. Where business groups play this role, many basic axioms of Anglo-American corporate governance, including the advocacy of shareholder value maximization and contestable corporate control, must be qualified.
Keywords: Big Push, business groups, family firms, Network externalities, rent seeking, public choice
JEL Classification: G3, O1, O25, P11
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