State Capitalism

Why SOEs Matter and the Challenges They Face

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9780192849595

Publication date:

28/02/2022

Hardback

384 pages

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ISBN:

9780192849595

Publication date:

28/02/2022

Hardback

384 pages

Lalita Som

The studies of eight countries from different regions undertaken for this book provide answers to key policy questions related to state capitalism and state-owned enterprises

Rights:  World Rights

Lalita Som

Description

The crises emanating from the Global Financial Crisis and the COVID-19 Pandemic have underscored, the emergency role of the State and its smooth, seamless reactivation, for situations when private activity and markets are disrupted. In many countries, SOEs have been a crucial part in delivering on that effort as agents of the State. While SOEs are increasingly sought to play a role during emergency situations, evidence suggests that they misallocate capital and mismanage resources.

This is indicative of the conflicts of interests in owning and regulating enterprises as well as between the commercial and non-commercial objectives of SOEs, crony capitalism, the private agenda of public officials, internal management of SOEs, the significant role played by state owned banks and financial institutions and the conflicts that arise in the State's primary role vs. its ownership of enterprises. The studies of eight countries from different regions undertaken for this book, provide answers to these key policy questions related to state capitalism.

Generalizing from the results of multi-country studies to arrive at universally applicable predictions, prescriptions, and policy recommendations, is inherently difficult. Individual countries are quite different in their socio-economic, historical, political, and institutional circumstances. So are their experiences, as the eight country studies highlight, even as the book attempts to extrude, from available research, the principal common characteristics of, and practices followed by, successful SOEs independently of country context. Among other conditions, the two most important conclusions that can be drawn from the country studies are that competition and regulation rather than ownership per se is key to efficiency.

About the author:

Since graduating from University of London, Lalita Som has worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat (London) and the OECD (Paris). At the Commonwealth Secretariat, she worked on a Poverty assessment survey in Barbados, a study on non-tariff barriers facing exports from India and a study on Commonwealth Secretariat's assistance to member countries in multilateral negotiations. At the OECD, she has worked at the Corporate Affairs division dealing with corporate governance issues in non-member countries and at the Global Relations Secretariat to coordinate OECD's work with India. She was associated with ESSEC Business School in Cergy and Singapore as a Post-doctoral research fellow and as a guest lecturer teaching a course on Business environment in Asia.

Lalita Som

Table of contents

  •    Introduction

Chapter 1   A framework for understanding and evaluating SOE performance

Chapter 2   Country Case Study 1: Brazil

Chapter 3   Country Case Study 2: China

Chapter 4   Country Case Study 3: India

Chapter 5   Country Case Study 4: Indonesia

Chapter 6   Country Case Study 5: Russia

Chapter 7   Country Case Study 6: Saudi Arabia

Chapter 8   Country Case Study 7: Singapore

Chapter 9   Country Case Study 8: South Africa

Chapter 10   Conclusions from a review of SOEs in the country case studies

Lalita Som

Lalita Som

Lalita Som

Description

The crises emanating from the Global Financial Crisis and the COVID-19 Pandemic have underscored, the emergency role of the State and its smooth, seamless reactivation, for situations when private activity and markets are disrupted. In many countries, SOEs have been a crucial part in delivering on that effort as agents of the State. While SOEs are increasingly sought to play a role during emergency situations, evidence suggests that they misallocate capital and mismanage resources.

This is indicative of the conflicts of interests in owning and regulating enterprises as well as between the commercial and non-commercial objectives of SOEs, crony capitalism, the private agenda of public officials, internal management of SOEs, the significant role played by state owned banks and financial institutions and the conflicts that arise in the State's primary role vs. its ownership of enterprises. The studies of eight countries from different regions undertaken for this book, provide answers to these key policy questions related to state capitalism.

Generalizing from the results of multi-country studies to arrive at universally applicable predictions, prescriptions, and policy recommendations, is inherently difficult. Individual countries are quite different in their socio-economic, historical, political, and institutional circumstances. So are their experiences, as the eight country studies highlight, even as the book attempts to extrude, from available research, the principal common characteristics of, and practices followed by, successful SOEs independently of country context. Among other conditions, the two most important conclusions that can be drawn from the country studies are that competition and regulation rather than ownership per se is key to efficiency.

About the author:

Since graduating from University of London, Lalita Som has worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat (London) and the OECD (Paris). At the Commonwealth Secretariat, she worked on a Poverty assessment survey in Barbados, a study on non-tariff barriers facing exports from India and a study on Commonwealth Secretariat's assistance to member countries in multilateral negotiations. At the OECD, she has worked at the Corporate Affairs division dealing with corporate governance issues in non-member countries and at the Global Relations Secretariat to coordinate OECD's work with India. She was associated with ESSEC Business School in Cergy and Singapore as a Post-doctoral research fellow and as a guest lecturer teaching a course on Business environment in Asia.

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Table of contents

  •    Introduction

Chapter 1   A framework for understanding and evaluating SOE performance

Chapter 2   Country Case Study 1: Brazil

Chapter 3   Country Case Study 2: China

Chapter 4   Country Case Study 3: India

Chapter 5   Country Case Study 4: Indonesia

Chapter 6   Country Case Study 5: Russia

Chapter 7   Country Case Study 6: Saudi Arabia

Chapter 8   Country Case Study 7: Singapore

Chapter 9   Country Case Study 8: South Africa

Chapter 10   Conclusions from a review of SOEs in the country case studies

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