Chamber Voice from the Corn Laws to the Twenty-First Century

Robert J. Bennett

in Local Business Voice

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584734
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731105 | DOI:
Chamber Voice from the Corn Laws to the Twenty-First Century

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This chapter combines a full analysis of the Parliamentary Papers archive, giving an overview of all chamber parliamentary lobby activity, with detailed assessments of the main campaigns. It shows growth of lobbying in the mid-nineteenth century and through the twentieth century. It shows the frame-changing effect of the Corn Law abolition as a relaunch of the chamber brand. The extended tensions over free trade and tariffs are given new insights. A crucial new analysis is given of chamber cooperation with government in disseminating consular information after 1917—arguably the first example of corporatism in the UK. Resistance to municipal enterprise and high local taxes (the Rates) form major themes of the twentieth century. Modern lobbies have focused on partnering government, but attacking over-regulation.

Keywords: Regulatory burden; tax burden; Corn Law abolition; Anti-Corn Law League; tariffs; free trade; municipal enterprise; Manchester School; local government rates; corporatism; CBI

Chapter.  37146 words. 

Subjects: Business History

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