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Author Duvanova, Dinissa, 1977- author

Title Building business in post-communist Russia, eastern Europe, and Eurasia : collective goods, selective incentives, and predatory states / Dinissa Duvanova, State University of New York, Buffalo
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 251 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Contents Cover; Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Figures; Tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Note on Translation and Transliteration; 1 Introduction; 1.1 The Puzzle; 1.2 Theoretical Contributions; Interest Groups, Rent-Seeking, and Governance; Post-Communist Political Economy and Civil Society; Varieties of Capitalism; State Bureaucracy; What This Book Is Not About; 1.3 Empirical Evidence; 1.4 Summary of Main Arguments; 1.5 A Roadmap; 2 Collective Action in Adverse Business Environments
2.1 The Post-Communist Business EnvironmentCorruption; 2.2 Defensive Organization; 2.3 A Formal Model; Assumptions; Actors and Strategies; Implications; 2.4 Official and "Unofficial" Regulatory Costs; 2.5 Testable Hypotheses; 2.6 Conclusion; 3 Post-Communist Business Representation in a Comparative Perspective; 3.1 A Cross-National Comparison; 3.2 Qualitative Analysis of Business Representation in Four Countries; 3.3 Russian Business Associations: Sources and Consequences of Organizational Diversity; Formation; The Number of Associations; The Structure of Associations; Membership
4 Business Environment and Business Organization: The Quantitative Approach4.1 Micro- and Macrocorrelates of Organizational Participation: A Hierarchical Model; Data; Firm-Level Controls; Country-Level Controls; 4.2 Statistical Analysis and Results; 4.3 Robustness Checks; 4.4 Additional Quantitative Evidence; Dynamic Extensions; Member Satisfaction; Crony Capitalism and Sectoral Analysis of Membership; 4.5 Summary; 5 What You Do Is What You Are: Business Associations in Action; 5.1 Advantages of Qualitative Data and Case Selection; 5.2 Against All Odds; "Guys from the Street Corner."
Lobbying and Interest RepresentationMember Services; 3.4 Ukrainian Business Associations: A Case of Political Mobilization; Formation; The Number of Associations; The Organizational Structure; Membership; Functions and Activities; 3.5 Kazakh Business Associations: High-Profile/Low-Impact versus Low-Profile/High-Impact Organizations; 3.6 Croatian Business Associations: From Corporatism to Pluralism; Membership Levels; Compulsory-Membership Associations; Growing Pluralism and Alternative Organizations; Voluntary Tier; 3.7 The Main Features of Post-Communist Business Associations
The Federation of Restaurants and Hotels5.3 Changing Times -- Changing Roles; The Ukrainian Association of Leasing Companies and Entrepreneurs (UALCE); The League of Trade Merchants, Russia; 5.4 Selective Regulatory Relief; Self-Regulation on a Large Scale (The Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry); Sectoral Self-Regulation in Russia; Inspection Emergency Call (the Almaty Association of Entrepreneurs, Kazakhstan); 5.5 Collective Goods; Association of Trade Companies and Producers of Appliances and Electronics; The Association of Croatian Exporters
Summary "This book examines the development of business interest representation in the postcommunist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The central argument is that abusive regulatory regimes discourage the formation of business associations. At the same time, 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 of industry associations as well as their benign influence on patterns of public governance. Careful analysis of cross-national quantitative data that spans more than 25 countries, as well as the qualitative examination of the development 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. They challenge corrupt bureaucracy and contribute to the establishment of effective and predictable regulatory regimes. These arguments and empirical findings put the long-standing issues of economic regulations, public goods, and collective action in a new theoretical perspective"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-239) and index
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Subject Pressure groups -- Eurasia.
Pressure groups -- Europe, Eastern.
Pressure groups -- Russia (Federation)
Trade associations -- Eurasia.
Trade associations -- Europe, Eastern.
Trade associations -- Russia (Federation)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139343238 (electronic bk.)
1139612875 (electronic bk.)
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