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Fat Cats and Self-Made Men: Globalization and the Paradoxes of Collective Action

Melani Cammett
Comparative Politics
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Jul., 2005), pp. 379-400
DOI: 10.2307/20072900
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20072900
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

When and how do businesspeople act collectively? Manufacturers mobilized in Morocco but remained politically dormant in Tunisia in response to nearly identical incentives and challenges from global markets. New economic conditions created cleavages in the business class in both countries, but these cleavages were only politicized to the extent that producer groups mobilized. The ability to generate a cohesive class identity, which arose in response to perceived threats from other producer factions, was critical for successful business collective action. These findings call into question key assumptions in theories of collective action and introduce a new approach to globalization and domestic politics.

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