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The logic of post-communist capitalist collective inaction

McMenamin, Iain (2003) The logic of post-communist capitalist collective inaction. Working Papers in International Studies Series. (Paper No. 2003-7). Centre for International Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland.

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The relationship between politics and business is obviously a key feature of policy-making in capitalist democracies, and business associations are an important element of that relationship. A consensus has now emerged that organised business is remarkably weak in East-Central Europe. This article proposes a theoretical synthesis with which to explain that weakness. It shows how the strength of trade unions, varieties of capitalism and interest diversity are specifications of Olson’s logic of collective action, specifications without which the logic itself is too general to explain concrete outcomes. Detailed evidence in favour of the theory is provided from the Polish case. It is argued that the analysis should also apply to other post-communist countries.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 2003-7)
Uncontrolled Keywords:policy-making; capitalist democracy; East-Central Europe; post-communism;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS) > Working Papers in International Studies Series
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Centre for International Studies, Dublin City University
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2121
Deposited On:11 Nov 2008 14:20 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 01 Dec 2008 13:47

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