BOFIT Discussion Papers, Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland
Collective action and post-communist enterprise: The economic logic of Russia’s business associations
Abstract: 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 non-members. The responses
of both firms and associations, moreover, suggest that the associations
themselves are, at least in part, 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.
50 pages, December 30, 2005
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