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Accounting for nonconvergence in global wool marketing before 1939

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Abstract


  • From the mid-nineteenth century, raw wool became a global commodity as new producing countries in the Southern Hemisphere supplied the world's growing textile industries in the North. The selling practices of these big-five exporters - Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, and Uruguay - ranged from auction through a hybrid of auction and private sale to exclusively private sale. We explore why these countries persisted with different marketing arrangements, contradicting two streams of literature on institutions: isomorphism and the new institutional economics. The article makes several important contributions through blending distinct branches of theory and by focusing on the international constraints to convergence in an earlier period of globalization.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Merrett, D. Tolmie. & Ville, S. (2015). Accounting for nonconvergence in global wool marketing before 1939. Business History Review, 89 (2), 229-253.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84936985461

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3373&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2365

Number Of Pages


  • 24

Start Page


  • 229

End Page


  • 253

Volume


  • 89

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • From the mid-nineteenth century, raw wool became a global commodity as new producing countries in the Southern Hemisphere supplied the world's growing textile industries in the North. The selling practices of these big-five exporters - Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, and Uruguay - ranged from auction through a hybrid of auction and private sale to exclusively private sale. We explore why these countries persisted with different marketing arrangements, contradicting two streams of literature on institutions: isomorphism and the new institutional economics. The article makes several important contributions through blending distinct branches of theory and by focusing on the international constraints to convergence in an earlier period of globalization.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Merrett, D. Tolmie. & Ville, S. (2015). Accounting for nonconvergence in global wool marketing before 1939. Business History Review, 89 (2), 229-253.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84936985461

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3373&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2365

Number Of Pages


  • 24

Start Page


  • 229

End Page


  • 253

Volume


  • 89

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States