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Raj Chari

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658312.001.0001

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Remembering Privatization and Conceptualizing Life Thereafter

Remembering Privatization and Conceptualizing Life Thereafter

Alphas and Betas

(p.1) 1 Remembering Privatization and Conceptualizing Life Thereafter
Life After Privatization

Raj Chari

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a fresh conceptualization of life after privatization, defining the dependent variable of analysis. Focusing on the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, it first reviews two sets of literature that have not fully met: that on privatization and that on mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The second section outlines a simple trend neither fully reported nor theoretically conceptualized in the literature. On the one hand, some privatized firms have become today’s European and global giants, merging with or acquiring other firms. These are referred to as ‘Alphas’. On the other hand, some privatized firms have been taken over by Alphas or other leading companies in the sector. These are called ‘Betas’. The chapter closes by outlining the central questions that guide the book: which privatized airlines, automobile makers, and electricity companies in these five EU states are Alphas and Betas? And why do firms become Alphas or Betas?

Keywords:   privatization, M&A, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, dependent variable, Alphas, Betas

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