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A Japanese Zaibatsu in the Balkans: Intermediate Structures of Sociability as Growth Engines of Bulgarian Economic Modernization
A Japanese Zaibatsu in the Balkans: Intermediate Structures of Sociability as Growth Engines of Bulgarian Economic Modernization

Author(s): Martin Ivanov
Subject(s): National Economy, Economic development, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS)
Summary/Abstract: When drafting my research proposal nearly a year ago, I had decided to put the stress on the factors that drive, in my humble opinion, Bulgarian economic and social development during the Interwar period. In that research proposal I was contesting the conventional wisdom of correlating Bulgarian economic development to just a few key factors, the state and the investment banks (Gerschenkron, 1966). Moreover, it was my belief that other social structures had so far been omitted in the yet sluggish debate on Bulgaria’s effort towards modernization. Via my research I intended to insert other variables in the equation which Fukuyama (1995) calls ‘intermediate structures of sociability’ – the large corporations, the different forms of social activism and the political parties.

  • Page Count: 41
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English