A victim of its own success: Internationalization, neoliberalism, and organizational involution at the Business Council of Australia

  • Bell S
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Abstract

The focus of this article is on the Business Council of Australia (BCA), an associa- tion of the CEOs of the 100 or so largest companies operating in Australia. Since its inception the BCA has been an influential supporter of largely successful efforts to neoliberalize and internationalize the Australian economy. Running in parallel with these developments, however, the BCA has moved from being a “somewhat strong” to a relatively weak policy organization. This article argues these two trends are causally related. Neoliberal-inspired economic restructuring and economic interna- tionalization have weakened the “logic of membership” and the “logic of influence” of the BCA, leading to a process of organizational involution. Furthermore, poten- tial offsets to what I describe as the organizational predations of neoliberalism and internationalization—especially via a willingness or capacity to forge supportive or mutualistic relations with the state—have not been realized.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Business associations
  • Business council of Australia
  • Globalization
  • Neoliberalism
  • Organizational effectiveness

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