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Has the Control-Oriented Industrial Finance Syste Faded Away? : A Comparative Analysis of Japan and Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Setsunan University.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, ISSN 0358-5522, Vol. 57, no 2, 156-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares financial groups in Japan and Sweden in order to examine functional and structural changes and continuities since the 1980s. The main question is to what extent controlling blocks and symbiotic relationships to banks have faded away in favor of arm's length distance between actors and a more market-oriented system reminiscent of those in the United Kingdom and the United States. The article gives an insight into how the industrial finance system in Japan and Sweden have responded to the deregulation of the credit market in the 1980s, the financial and industrial crises in the early 1990s and early twenty-first century, and the globalization of markets and businesses. The choice of Japan and Sweden is motivated by the fact that these countries by tradition have been two of the strongest representatives of a control-oriented industrial finance system in the world. In this article, a diachronic and synchronic comparative analysis is used, with focus on four distinctive parameters of the industrial finance system: ownership and control, bank relationships, crisis management and personal networks. The article draws on empirical findings from a variety of sources, including archives.

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2009. Vol. 57, no 2, 156-171 p.
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50550DOI: 10.1080/03585520902799661OAI: diva2:271551
Available from: 2009-10-12 Created: 2009-10-12 Last updated: 2010-05-31

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