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Studying Business Associations in Latin America
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2002 (English)In: Iberoamericana, Nordic Journal of Latin American Studies, ISSN 0046-8444, Vol. Vol. XXX, no 2, 97-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this note is to review recent research around business associations in Latin America and provide some new theoretical points of view for studies in this area. My first assumption is that the current research of state-business interaction is weak in the analysis of the contemporary role of the nation-state. There appears to be a narrow understanding on how national institutions are influenced by the globalization process. Secondly, the explanation of action and change is limited because it generally presumes rationality to be self-evident rather than meaningful. Following this line of thinking, the studies over emphasize the rent-seeking argument, failing to understand the different solutions that exist under distinct cultural systems. In my opinion, an important reason for the shortcomings of current research is that there are two concepts that are defined too narrowly, namely, institutions and legitimacy. With regard to the former, while current research generally see institutions as rules (e.g. property rights), I also view them as cultural models. In the latter concept, while it is seen as a way of lowering transaction costs, I propose to analyze legitimacy in terms of the degree of cultural support given to an organization or a policy.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för spanska, portugisiska och latinamerikastudier , 2002. Vol. Vol. XXX, no 2, 97-107 p.
Keyword [en]
Latin America, business, private sector, entrepreneurs, associations
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8582OAI: diva2:200539
Available from: 2009-02-23 Created: 2009-02-23 Last updated: 2009-04-20Bibliographically approved

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