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June 2007Business Groups and the Big Push: Meiji Japan's Mass Privatization and Subsequent Growth
with Randall Morck: w13171
Rosenstein-Rodan (1943) and others posit that rapid development requires a 'big push' -- the coordinated rapid growth of diverse complementary industries, and suggests a role for government in providing such coordination. We argue that Japan's zaibatsu, or pyramidal business groups, provided this coordination after the Meiji government failed at the task. We propose that pyramidal business groups are private sector mechanisms for coordinating and financing 'big push' growth, and that unique historical circumstances aided their success in prewar Japan. Specifically, Japan uniquely marginalized its feudal elite; withdrew its hand with a propitious mass privatization that rallied the private sector; marginalized an otherwise entrenched first generation of wealthy industrialists; and remained ...

Published: Enterprise Soc (2007) 8 (3): 543-601. doi: 10.1093/es/khm076 First published online: September 25, 2007

November 2005A Frog in a Well Knows Nothing of the Ocean: A History of Corporate Ownership in Japan
with Randall Morck
in A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers, Randall K. Morck, editor

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