The development of transnational business associations during the twentieth century

Rollings, N. (2021) The development of transnational business associations during the twentieth century. Business History, (doi: 10.1080/00076791.2021.1958783) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This article outlines the development of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), and especially those relating to business, over the twentieth century. Using a variety of constructed datasets and drawing on population ecology approaches to interest groups, it is shown how business associations were numerically dominant for much of the twentieth century despite being largely excluded from accounts of the development of INGOs over this period. Growth in all such organisations was particularly prevalent in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, but transnational business associations grew most rapidly at this time. The trends indicate that both the environmental context and the different dynamics of particular associational sectors explain these developments and that further research is needed to pin down more precisely the different factors at work.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rollings, Professor Neil
Authors: Rollings, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Business History
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0007-6791
ISSN (Online):1743-7938
Published Online:05 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Business History 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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