A GALLERY OF SOCIAL STRUCTURES
Germany INC 1996
Germany is known for its close knit pattern of capital
ties among its largest companies. What does this pattern look like ?
The image below allows to identify how banks and insurers (yellow) and industrial
companies (red) form coherent clusters in this structure. At the core
we find the largests banks and insurers with cross-linked capital shares.
Germany INC 1996: capital ties among the largest 100 German companies
Sizes represent the net value added
held in a specific company. The size of the nodes corresponds to the amount
of money by which a company is "networked".
The history of this national configuration and recent
changes of this capital network are studied in a coauthored
paper with Martin Hoeppner, where we also compare this graph
to that of the year 2000. "The
Politics of the German Company Network" is published as MPIfG
Working Paper 03/9, September 2003.