Dealing with globalisation : the Nordic countries and inward FDI, 1900–1939
Title: Dealing with globalisation : the Nordic countries and inward FDI, 1900–1939
Citation: Business history, 2016, Vol. 58, No. 8, pp. 1210-1235
ISSN: 1743-7938; 0007-6791
This article examines the different ways in which the four Nordic countries chose to regulate the inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI). By studying the laws regulating foreign ownership, as well as their implementation, it becomes clear that the four countries followed a pragmatic and tolerant policy towards inward FDI, but that the resource rich countries actively tried to prevent foreign ownership of their most important natural resources. The article also shows how the countries’ stricter policy on foreign ownership in the early twentieth century was not a casualty of World War I, but more predominantly a reaction to the increasing international economic integration before the war.
Subject: Foreign direct investments (FDI); Scandinavia; Globalisation; Natural resources; National ownership
Type of Access: openAccess