Mankala Chronicles: Nuclear Energy Financing and Cooperative Corporate Form in Finland

Drawing on 32 months of interview-based ethnographic fieldwork, Postdoctoral Fellow Vincent Ialenti examines Finland’s “mankala” nuclear energy companies through the lens of anthropological theories of corporate form. He explains that mankalas are “limited liability companies run like zero-profit cooperatives that bring together consortia of Finnish corporations and municipal energy providers to purchase, finance, and share the output of jointly owned energy-generation facilities.”

In his paper, Ialenti explores whether this mode of analysis of Finland’s mankala model can “inspire new strategies for institutional innovation and reactor project financing for nuclear energy organizations.”

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