Guy, F.: The global environment of business

Journal of Economics (2010) ,Volume 101 ,Pages 197-198


The book is a remarkable effort to provide an explanation of the current configuration of international business. Namely it tries to answer two key questions: What are the roots of the global corporation? Why did the Nation State accept to enter into a system of integrated markets?

The author chooses an unusual organization of the content, which ends up being successful. The book is divided into three parts: the global, the historical and the comparative—as dubbed in the Introduction. The first part deals with the foundations of international production system and free trade politics, with a continuous back and forth from theoretical arguments to case studies. The prevailing style is that of the review: the reader is put face to face with the theories that try to give an explanation for the existence of multinationals through cost minimization, transaction cost and capabilities; then come the existing political theories for the openness by the State to the activities by transnational companies; then a summing up of the economics of free trade and finally the “politics” of free trade and closeness and the emergence and end of empires.

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