This chapter draws on evidence from business associations and particularly chambers of commerce to chart the ‘un-imagining’ of the Commonwealth of Nations as a market in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It argues that this process of ‘un-imagining’ was inextricably linked to the erosion of any notion of the Commonwealth as a distinctive supra-national entity believed capable of some measure of economic governance against the backdrop of shifting patterns of economic globalisation. Thus, it seeks to emphasise the role of the state (broadly conceived) in the imagining and un-imagining of markets.
|Title of host publication||Imagining Britain’s Economic Future, c.1800–1975|
|Subtitle of host publication||Trade, Consumerism, and Global Markets|
|Editors||David Thackeray, Andrew Thompson, Richard Toye|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Apr 2018|