The twilight world of British business politics: the Spring Sunningdale conferences since the 1960s

Rollings, N. (2014) The twilight world of British business politics: the Spring Sunningdale conferences since the 1960s. Business History, 56(6), pp. 915-935. (doi:10.1080/00076791.2013.847429)

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Abstract

This article explores a previously unknown form of interaction, known as Spring Sunningdale, between the British business elite and its civil servant equivalent in Whitehall. These began in 1963 and were still continuing only a few years ago. The continuity and stability of these meetings stands in contrast to wider changes in the nature of business–government relations in Britain during this period, particularly since the election of the Thatcher government in 1979. The article analyses why there was such continuity and what the senior civil servants and the captains of industry who attended these annual meetings gained from them.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rollings, Professor Neil
Authors: Rollings, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Business History
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
ISSN:0007-6791
ISSN (Online):1743-7938
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in Business History 56(6):915-935
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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