This Handbook presents a theory of Business Interest Associations and fifteen empirical country by country case studies in the EU.
The book is organized into three main parts. Part I develops a theory of business associations which centres on firm size as the key explanatory variable. Part II consists of country studies covering the EU-15, which are written along strictly comparable lines of analysis. Part III contains the cross-nationally comparative analysis.
The book will make essential reading for researchers working in organization studies, industrial relations, industrial sociology and political science, as well as practioners in related fields.
Franz Traxler is Professor of Industrial Sociology at the University of Vienna and was recently the President of the Austrian Sociological Association.
Gerhard Huemer is currently working for the European Crafts and SME Association, UEAPME, where he is responsible for policy co-ordination, pubic relations and strategic concepts for future developments.