Positive Freedom in Networked Capitalism: An Empirical Analysis

18 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2015

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Davide Carbonai

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) - Departamento de Ciências Administrativas

Carlo Drago

University of Rome "Niccolò Cusano"

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

The article proposes a social network analysis of the main European capitalisms and its correspondence with an index of economic freedom. The analysis relates to two kinds of economic liberties taken from the concept of freedom formulated by Isaiah Berlin. While the first kind of freedom (negative freedom) depends on the external system (e.g. the constraints on the firm defined by the regulations), the second refers to the internal obligations within the business system itself that prevent the free exercise of business (positive freedom): specifically, the social network, in which the company is embedded. After an operationalization of the two concepts of freedom, the analysis of a comprehensive database allows us to explore the relationship between the two kinds of freedom.

Keywords: Social Network Analysis, Antitrust Policies, Interlocking Directorates, Europe, Positive Freedom, Negative Freedom

JEL Classification: L04, P00

Suggested Citation

Carbonai, Davide and Drago, Carlo, Positive Freedom in Networked Capitalism: An Empirical Analysis (September 1, 2015). FEEM Working Paper No. 075.2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654160 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2654160

Davide Carbonai (Contact Author)

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) - Departamento de Ciências Administrativas ( email )

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Carlo Drago

University of Rome "Niccolò Cusano" ( email )

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Rome, 00166
Italy

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