Participation in Trade and Business Associations

  • Marina Saitgalina
  • Ting ZHAO
  • Robert A. Stebbins
  • David H. Smith


This chapter focuses on trade and business associations (TBAs) and their general importance in contemporary societies. Such associations differ from other associations studied in this Handbook by having collective or organizational members, usually for-profit businesses, not individual persons asmembers. Topics reviewed include trade association activities, origins, member motivations, internal structures, factors affecting impact/success, types of positive and negative impacts, variations among types, changes occurring, current challenges, barriers to participation, public policy impacts, and theories. TBAs are major supporters for the business sector in nearly all contemporary societies and often have a powerful influence on government laws and policies in democratic nations.

We will examine how such organizations are similar to and different from other types of organizations covered in this part of the Handbook. TBAs (including chambers of commerce) are one type of occupational-economic association. Occupational-economic associations in general date back about 2,500 years in human history (see Handbook Chapter 1).


Collective Action Comparative International Development Professional Association Trade Association Voluntary Association 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marina Saitgalina
    • 1
  • Ting ZHAO
    • 2
  • Robert A. Stebbins
    • 3
  • David H. Smith
    • 4
  1. 1.Russia
  2. 2.China
  3. 3.USA
  4. 4.USA

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