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Corporate networks (the links between companies and their leaders) reflect a country’s economic organisation and its corporate governance system. In The Power of Corporate Networks. A Comparative and Historical Perspective, editors Prof. Thomas David (University of Lausanne) and Dr Gerarda Westerhuis (UU) bring together the most internationally well-known specialists to investigate the long-term development of these networks.

Most research on corporate networks focuses on individual countries or particular time periods, making fruitful comparisons over longer periods of time difficult. This book provides a unique long-term analysis of the rise, consolidation, decline, and occasional re-emergence of these networks in fourteen countries across North and South America, Europe, and Asia in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research approaches, the authors describe the main developments and changes in the corporate network over time. They focus on important network indicators in benchmark years, and identify historical explanations for these developments. This unique, long-term perspective provides readers with insight into how and why national corporate networks change over time.