Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States

Autor Dinissa Duvanova
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 30 iul 2015
Prior to 1989, the communist countries of Eastern Europe and the USSR lacked genuine employer and industry associations. After the collapse of communism, industry associations mushroomed throughout the region. Duvanova argues that abusive regulatory regimes discourage the formation of business associations and poor regulatory enforcement tends to encourage associational membership growth. Academic research often treats special interest groups as vehicles of protectionism and non-productive collusion. This book challenges this perspective with evidence of market-friendly activities by industry associations and their benign influence on patterns of public governance. Careful analysis of cross-national quantitative data spanning more than 25 countries, and qualitative examination of business associations in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Croatia, shows that postcommunist business associations function as substitutes for state and private mechanisms of economic governance. These arguments and empirical findings put the long-standing issues of economic regulations, public goods and collective action in a new theoretical perspective.
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ISBN-13: 9781107454378
ISBN-10: 1107454379
Pagini: 276
Ilustrații: 16 b/w illus.
Dimensiuni: 154 x 230 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Cambridge University Press
Colecția Cambridge University Press
Locul publicării:New York, United States


1. Introduction; 2. Collective action in adverse business environments; 3. Postcommunist business representation in a comparative perspective; 4. Business environment and business organization: the quantitative approach; 5. What you do is what you are: business associations in action; 6. Compulsory vs voluntary membership; 7. Conclusions.


“Much of the literature takes the existence of business associations as a given. Dinissa Duvanova helps us understand how such organizations could have emerged in the harsh environment of post-Communism. Her novel and persuasive thesis – that business associations exist to provide the selective benefit of protection against the state – should be taken seriously by anyone with an interest in the origins of civil society.” – Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“In providing the most comprehensive treatment of business associations in the post-Communist space, Dinissa Duvanova pushes back hard against facile portraits of organized business as exclusively protectionist and rent-seeking, presenting a compelling case that much of what these associations do and seek is complementary to the development of better-functioning, more competitive markets.” – William Pyle, Middlebury College
“Dinissa Duvanova’s book makes a valuable addition to our understanding of state-business relations in the post-Communist world. Examining the reasons firms form and join business associations, she finds that they help protect firms against weak, corrupt, and intrusive regulatory environments. She tests her thesis with survey data and case studies of associations in four countries. She makes a compelling case that business associations play an important role in building market economies.” – Thomas F. Remington, Emory University

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Duvanova examines the development of business interest representation in the postcommunist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.