commissioned reports from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Russian Federations to review the state of business associations in these countries. This article, based on these OECD reports (produced in 1993), evaluates the development of such organizations, examining issues
of advocacy and political influence, voluntary or compulsory membership, the provision of services and financial independence. Comparisons are also made with the experience of business associations in other free market economies.
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