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Local Business VoiceThe History of Chambers of Commerce in Britain, Ireland, and Revolutionary America, 1760-2011$
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Robert J. Bennett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584734.001.0001

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Membership Dynamics

Membership Dynamics

(p.765) 16 Membership Dynamics
Local Business Voice

Robert J. Bennett

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives the first estimates of long-term joining and lapsing rates. These were very stable until the 1970s, much more stable than non-commercial societies, trade unions, or many sector organizations. However, a rapid evolution took place after 1970, but mainly in the 1980s and 1990s to very high rates of membership turnover. This has become one of the major challenges of the modern chamber. Econometric analysis shows that economic crises have little effect on this. The main features associated with lapsing are changes in subscriptions, and changes in services and other costs. Comparison or independent chambers with those that merged with government-financed TECs, show the latter to have had higher lapse rates.

Keywords:   Joining, lapsing, persistence, membership turnover, subscriptions and prices

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