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Cross-country differences in attitudes to business associations during the 2007–2010 recession

Hulten, Peter and Barron, A. and Bryson, Douglas (2012) Cross-country differences in attitudes to business associations during the 2007–2010 recession. Journal of World Business, 47 (3). 352–361. ISSN 1090-9516

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Abstract

This paper uses empirical data gathered through an on-line survey of 206 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), conducted in France, Sweden and the UK. The paper examines cross-country differences in SME managers’ perceptions of business associations as sources of political intelligence and their ability to influence policy responses to financial crises. Findings demonstrate that the respondents’ countries of origin are significantly correlated with (1) their use of information sources to gather political intelligence, (2) their perceptions regarding the effectiveness of business associations in influencing policy outcomes, and (3) their perceptions regarding policymakers’ appreciation of information provided by SME associations.