By Jappe Eckhardt

This e-book offers an cutting edge account of ways the globalization of construction and the emergence of worldwide worth chains affects on exchange personal tastes, foyer suggestions and the political impact of ecu corporations. It sheds new mild at the complicated EU-China exchange family.

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That is, once industries have organized and established an association, small group size has a positive effect on the likelihood of their political activity and the degree to which they are politically active (Drope and Hansen, 2009: 313). The small group size logic also holds for firms that have to do without a coordinating agency. Even though I have argued above that political mobilization is more likely if firms are associated with a standing organization, it is not a hard and fast rule that political mobilization cannot Business Lobbying and EU Trade Governance 31 be achieved without such an organization.

In the case of high import-dependence, it will be very difficult and costly to adjust, while in the case of low import-dependence, adjustment is the most likely option. Import-dependence is particularly high when (a) the imports affected by the trade restrictive measures make up a large share of the current supply of the firm and (b) foreign or domestic substitutes are only available in lesser quantity or quality or at higher prices. Traditionally the capacity to act collectively on the side of importdependent firms in the EU is low compared to import-competitors, as industry concentration and standing organizational capacity is usually much lower in sectors dominated by import-dependent firms (Tharakan and Waelbroeck, 1994).

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