Collective Action Abroad: How Foreign Investors Organize Evidence from Foreign Business Associations in the Russian Federation
28 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2016 Last revised: 2 Feb 2016
Date Written: January 26, 2016
What role can collective action by foreign investors play in an environment characterized by incomplete institutions? We study this question by looking on foreign business associations in the Russian Federation. By interviewing 17 foreign business associations and conducting an online survey of their member firms, we find that business associations play an important welfare-enhancing role in providing a series of support and informational services. However, they do not play a significant role in lobbying the collective interests of their member firms, especially in the current political context in Russia where since the start of the Ukraine crisis the business community seems to have suffered a general loss of influence on political decision making.
Keywords: collective action; business associations; lobbying.
JEL Classification: D71, D72
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