State and Transnational Corporations: A Network Approach to Industrial Policy in India

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The State and Transnational Corporations is one of the first books to show how transnational corporations build contacts with various levels of government to legitimize their operations in a country and obtain favourable decisions. Using data and figures from detailed interviews with transnational corporation executives, the authors examine the strategies transnational corporations pursue towards governments, how the two interact, on what issues and at which levels, and how these contacts are developed and ...
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The State and Transnational Corporations is one of the first books to show how transnational corporations build contacts with various levels of government to legitimize their operations in a country and obtain favourable decisions. Using data and figures from detailed interviews with transnational corporation executives, the authors examine the strategies transnational corporations pursue towards governments, how the two interact, on what issues and at which levels, and how these contacts are developed and maintained. Through the exchange of information and favours, transnational corporations - often using local agents - are shown to be able to develop stable and trustworthy relationships with governments. The strong theoretical structure used in this study, drawing on both the network approach and institutionalist theory, emphasises the cooperative nature of this relationship.
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Using detailed interviews with executives of transnational corporations doing business in India in the late 1980s, illustrates how such companies build contacts and relationships with the various levels of government in order to legitimize their investments and operations in a country and to obtain favorable decisions. Examines the strategies of the corporations, how the two parties interact and on what issues and at what levels, and the actual mechanics by which local agents cement firm relationships. The theoretical framework combines the network approach and institutionalist theory to emphasize the cooperative nature of the relationships. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
1 Strategies in Government - TNC Networks 1
2 The Transorganizational Network Theory 31
3 Main Objectives and Strategic Issues 57
4 Operational Characteristics of the Government - TNC Network 85
5 The Political and Administrative Organization of the Government Network 109
6 Control of the GTN by the Group Network 143
7 Implications for Network Strategies 173
Appendix 1 Methodology 189
Appendix 2 Liberalization of the Indian Economy - A Post Script 213
Bibliography 233
Index 243
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