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Local Business Voice: The History of Chambers of Commerce in Britain, Ireland, and Revolutionary America, 1760-2011

Robert J. Bennett


This book is the first scholarly and systematic history of chambers of commerce. It challenges academic commentary on the early chambers by showing they were more numerous, persistent, and active than previously recognized. It demonstrates common origins in protest leading to a reform agenda, with diffusion down the size spectrum of cities, eventually reaching all towns and communities. Chamber voice increasingly linked lobbying with supplying a ‘bundle’ of business services. Using multiple theoretical frameworks, overlapping in time, the book traces for the first time the importance of commer ... More

Keywords: reform, social movements, business associations, business elites, small firms, brand identity, trust goods, business services, lobbying, gentlemanly capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Bennett, author
Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge