Associational systems can be either weak or strong, based on the following criteria for a “highly mobilized sector” (Atkinson and Coleman, in Pal, 2009):
1.Business groups are separate associations representing different products and producers, without overlap or competition.
2.Only one association speaks for the sector as a whole.
3.There is a high proportion of firms represented in the sector’s associations.
4.Large firms demonstrate leadership in the given sector.
5.In-house capacity to generate information among firms and associations is high.
6.Associations can strike deals with government to make them stick with members.