Contractual Networks, Inter-Firm Cooperation and Economic Growth
Title: Contractual Networks, Inter-Firm Cooperation and Economic Growth
Editor(s): CAFAGGI, Fabrizio
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Citation: Cheltenham/Northampton, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011
This insightful book presents a legal and economic analysis of inter-firm cooperation through networks as an alternative to vertical integration. It examines comparatively various forms of collaboration, ranging from consortia to multiparty joint ventures and from franchising to dealerships. Collaboration among firms of different sizes helps to overcome numerousweaknesses of the modern western industrial systems. It permits the governing of vertical disintegration without increasing fragmentation and transaction costs and allows firms to benefit from resource complementarities, favoring division of labour. The contributing authors, primarily focusing on Europe and the US, address important ways in which legal systems provide a framework for inter-firm coordination. It is clear from the analysis that significant obstacles to collaboration still remain, and the authors call for legal reforms at European and Member States level.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction F. Cafaggi 2. Cooperation, Long-term Relationships and Open-endedness in Contractual Networks F. Gomez 3. Do Inter-Firm Networks Make Access to Finance Easier? - Issues and Empirical Evidence D. Scalera and A. Zazzaro 4. Contractual Networks and Contract Theory: A Research Agenda for European Contract Law F. Cafaggi 5. Contractual Networks in German Private Law S. Grundmann 6. Linked Contracts Under French Law C. Aubert de Vincelles 7. Contract Networks, Freedom of Contract and the Restructuring of Privity of Contract S. Whittaker 8. Interfirm Networks Across Europe: A Private International Law Perspective F. Cafaggi and S. Clavel