Projects on business associations based on developing a long term historical view of how the geography of membership of associations has adapted over time and the key forces operating on these changes related to economic evolution. This develops the role of 'associational governance' as a means, between state and market, to involve businesses, non-profits, and public agents more effectively in policy exchanges to overcome information asymmetry to develop more effective policy supports. This research interlinks with the history of chambers of commerce.
- Bennett, R. J., (2007) Joining and lapsing: what determines membership decisions of business associations? Proceedings of the 30th ISBE Conference, Glasgow. paper S: 1-16 (www.isbe.org.uk).
- Bennett, R. J. and Robson, P.J.A. (2004) The role of trust and contract in the supply of business advice, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 28, 471-488.
- Bratton, W., Bennett, R.J. and P.J.A. Robson, (2003) Critical mass and economies of scale in the supply of services by business support organisations, Journal of Services Marketing, 17(7), 730-752.
- Bennett, R.J. (1999) 'Explaining the membership of sectoral business associations.' Environment and Planning A 31: 877-898.
- Bennett, R.J. and Robson, P.J.A. (1999) 'Intensity of interaction in supply of business advice and client impact: a comparison of consultancy, business associations and government support initiatives for SMEs.' British Journal of Management: 10: 351-369 [another version as working paper 142 Cambridge: ESRC Centre for Business Research, 47pp]
- Bennett, R.J. (1997) 'The relations between government and business associations in Britain: an evaluation of recent developments. Policy Studies 18: 5-33.
- Bennett, R.J. (ed). (1996) Trade Associations in Britain and Germany and the Single European Market (Anglo-German Foundation)
- Bennett, R.J., Krebs, G. and Zimmermann, H (1993) Chambers of Commerce in Britain and Germany (Anglo-German Foundation)