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The Governance of Global Industry Associations

The Role of Micro-Politics

9781789900552 Edward Elgar Publishing
Karsten Ronit, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication Date: August 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78990 055 2 Extent: c 240 pp
This insightful book examines the role of micro-politics in the life of global industry associations. Karsten Ronit addresses the various rules and norms required to administer these associations, highlighting the importance of managing variations in complex member demands and responding to expectations in their institutional environment.

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This insightful book examines the role of micro-politics in the life of global industry associations. Karsten Ronit addresses the various rules and norms required to administer these associations, highlighting the importance of managing variations in complex member demands and responding to expectations in their institutional environment.

Posing a variety of empirical and theoretical challenges, the author charts the state of the art in the study of industry associations, evaluating the current condition of research in the field. Ronit offers a systematic approach to the role of global industry associations, identifying, classifying and analysing the diverse population of industry associations and the expressions of micro-politics that occur within them. Addressing key dilemmas such as leadership, resource allocation and behavioural governance, Ronit examines the many policy areas in which industry associations are active and the areas in which their activities overlap with other policy actors.

Offering a critical conceptual exploration of the significance of industry associations, this cutting-edge book is crucial reading for scholars and students researching business and politics, particularly those interested in associational governance in global industries. It will also benefit practitioners working in business associations and consulting firms, as well as policymakers addressing industry associations.
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‘This is a seminal analysis of a neglected but increasingly crucial field in today’s world political economy. Global industry associations not only form structurally complex and powerful linkage organizations among diverse economic sectors and levels, they are also at the core of the transnational micro- and meso-politics of the 21st century.’
– Philip G. Cerny, University of Manchester, UK and Rutgers University, US
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction: key issues and research problems 2. The state of a not-so-developed art 3. Ecological perspectives: industry associations in the business community 4. Taxonomic perspectives: the diverse population of global industry associations 5. Members: between individual and collective affiliation 6. Leadership: between basic and advanced structures 7. Resource allocation: between policy development and
service provision 8. Self-regulation: between internal and external dynamics 9. Policy focus: between vertical and horizontal engagement 10. Conclusion: governance and micro-politics References Index
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