- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on the Contributors
- Business History and History
- Economic Theory and Business History
- Business History and Economic Development
- Business History and Management Studie
- The Historical Alternatives Approac
- Big Business
- Family Business
- Industrial Districts and Regional Clusters
- Business Groups and Interfirm Networks
- Business Interest Associations
- Banking and Finance
- Technology and Innovation
- Design and Engineering
- Marketing and Distribution
- The Management of Labor and Human Resource
- Accounting, Information, and Communication Systems
- Corporate Governance
- Business And The State
- Skill Formation And Training
- Business Education
- Business Culture
Abstract and Keywords
Through much of the twentieth century, business-interest associations (BIAs) were neglected as the object of academic study and systematic research. Although this topic attracted considerable interest among institutional economists and social reformers on both sides of the Atlantic during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it is only from the late 1970s that modern scholars have once again begun to delve seriously into BIAs' organization and strategies. The introductory section of this article presents the main theoretical issues at stake, synthesizes the outcomes of historical research, and analyzes the interrelations between them. It sketches a comparative-historical framework to explain the development of BIAs. Furthermore, the article outlines the long-term historical development of BIAs since the Middle Ages. Finally, it proposes an agenda for future research.
Luca Lanzalaco teaches Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Macerata, Italy. He is the author of numerous books and articles in Italian and English on political institutions and the organization of business interests, including Dall'impresa all'associazione. Le organizzazioni degli imprenditori: La Confindustria in prospettiva comparata (Milan, 1990); Le politiche istituzionali (Bologna, 1995); Istituzioni, organizzazioni, potere: Introduzione all'analisi istituzionale della politica (Rome, 1995); and Istituzioni, amministrazioni, politica: Analisi delle istituzioni e ruolo degli apparati amministrativi (Naples, 2000).
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