Local Business Voice: The History of Chambers of Commerce in Britain, Ireland, and Revolutionary America, 1760-2011 by Robert J. Bennett

Local Business Voice: The History of Chambers of Commerce in Britain, Ireland, and Revolutionary…

byRobert J. Bennett

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Local Business Voice provides the first scholarly and systematic history of the Chambers of Commerce from early historical origins in the eighteenth century up to the present date. Based on new archival information, it provides exhaustive coverage of all UK and Irish chambers, as well asdetailed examination of Chambers in the US, including New York, Charleston, and Boston, and early Chambers in Quebec. The book traces the importance of commercial arbitration, coffee and reading rooms, and information and consultancy services as critical to the Chambers' unique market position. It demonstrates the challenges for the Chambers as independent voluntary bodies in increasing partnerships withgovernments and competition with rival institutions, and also gives critical overview of key lobbies, such as against the Corn Laws, tariff reform and free trade, municipal socialism, and modern regulatory burdens. A definitive account of all local chambers including data appendices and detailed assessment of their significance, the book will be an enduring resource and foundation for research into the Chambers of Commerce's origins, historical development, and modern position.

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Bob Bennett is an international expert on small businesses, business associations, and local economic development. Author of many books and research papers, he was commissioned by the national association, British Chambers of Commerce, to provide their development strategy in 1990 - a strategy still being followed. This book develops f...
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Title:Local Business Voice: The History of Chambers of Commerce in Britain, Ireland, and Revolutionary…Format:HardcoverDimensions:936 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Local business voice and the chambers of commercePart 1. Establishment and development2. Historical overview3. Forces of association4. Concept and origins5. DiffusionPart 2. Structural tensions6. Resources, governance and management7. Recognition and public status8. National voice and local voicePart 3. Activities9. Early chamber voice10. Voice from the Corn Laws to the twenty first century11. Milieux for discourse and deliberation12. Services13. Partner and contractor to governmentPart 4. Members14. Members and interests15. Motives for membership16. Dynamics of membershipPart 5. Then and now17. Then, now and the futureEndmatterReferences:Local chamber historiesGeneral referencesAppendix A. Archive sourcesAppendix B. Data compilations and alignmentAppendix C. Population and other data sources