Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Socialt kapital och karteller
This study discusses social capital and related
concepts that can be useful when analysing cartels. Different types of
definitions of social capital are discussed. It is concluded that
organisations can generate social capital which results in increased
ability to cooperate in efficient ways. Organised social capital can lead
to confidence, facilitating cooperation when trust is not enough.
empirical case discussed in the paper is cartel formation in Swedish
brewing industry. This study confirms many results indicated in different
case studies: the importance of organisation, leadership, control
apparatus, industry specific circumstances, and that cartel success often
is preceded by failures. The brewing case is used in the theoretical
discussion of social capital.
The societal context of this study is
the stricter cartel policy since the 1990s. A hypothetical construction of
four phases for 1870-2009 is made, based on institutional environment and
possibilities for cartels to cooperate efficiently.
Keywords: Social capital; Cartels; Swedish brewing industry; Cartel policy; Institutional environment; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A14; N40; N80; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, May 20, 2009
ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-85619-47-4
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