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Collective Action and Post-Communist Enterprise: The Economic Logic of Russia’s Business Associations

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  • William Pyle

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    Drawing on a unique set of surveys, this article explores the question of whether Russia’s post-communist business associations are generally antithetical to or supportive of the broad objectives of economic restructuring. Contrary to the most widely cited analysis as to the purposes of collective action in the business community, the survey evidence demonstrates that association members have embraced market-adapting behaviors at greater rates than nonmembers. The responses of both firms and associations, moreover, suggest that the associations themselves may, at least in part, be directly responsible. These findings point to the conclusion that in contemporary Russia the net returns to collective action in support of market development are high relative to those for purposes that are less benign.

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    Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number wp794.

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    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2005-794

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    Keywords: business associations; collective action; post-communist transition; and market institutions;

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