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LEADER 00000cam 2200469 i 4500
008 930913s1994 nyu b 001 0 eng
020 0801426588 (alk. paper)
020 9780801426582 (alk. paper)
035 (OCoLC)28929166 |z(OCoLC)59843191
050 00 HD2757.5|b.S68 1994
082 00 338.8/7|220
100 1 Spar, Debora L.|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/
245 14 The cooperative edge :|bthe internal politics of
international cartels /|cDebora L. Spar.
264 1 Ithaca :|bCornell University Press,|c1994.
300 xii, 273 pages ;|c24 cm.
490 1 Cornell studies in political economy.
504 Includes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 Of cooperation, competition, and cartels -- The power to
persuade and the success of the international diamond
cartel -- Yellowcake: the rise and decline of the
international uranium cartel -- Howling like wolves:
cooperation in the international gold market -- Stockpiles,
speculators, and the international silver market -- The
internal sources of cooperation.
520 Why does international cooperation work for some
enterprises and not for others? And what distinguishes the
few that succeed from the majority that fail? In this
tough-minded, lucid book, Debora Spar finds answers to
these questions when she examines the workings of four
commodity cartels. Along the way, she tells some
intriguing stories of skulduggery and collusion.
520 8 The author has interviewed and secured documents from mid-
level and senior players in the global markets for
diamonds, uranium, gold, and silver. She describes the
remarkable success of the international diamond cartel and
offers previously unpublished details about the longtime
relationship between DeBeers, the South African diamond
conglomerate, and the secretive diamond trading agencies
of the former Soviet Union.
520 8 Exploring the cautious collaboration that has long linked
the Russian and South African gold producers, she examines
what the breakup of the Soviet Union has meant for this
relationship. She traces the short life and untidy demise
of the Canadian-led international uranium cartel and
probes the lack of cooperation among the world's silver
520 8 From these four cases she builds a picture of cooperation
that departs significantly from the conventional portrayal
and that has wide ramifications for our understanding of
cooperation among states as well as among firms.
520 8 Writing with a sharp sense of political realities, Spar
suggests that certain kinds of states will be better
equipped than others to resolve the dilemmas of
cooperation. In her concluding chapter she points out the
characteristics that mark these "cooperative" states,
explores the internal trade-offs that are often entailed
in international cooperation, and proposes a series of
tactics that states can employ to gain and maintain the
650 0 Cartels.|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/
650 0 International economic relations.|0http://id.loc.gov/
653 0 Restrictive practices.
830 0 Cornell studies in political economy.|0http://id.loc.gov/