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The idea brokers : think tanks and the rise of the new policy elite

Author: James Allen Smith
Publisher: New York : The Free Press ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tracing the rise of the think tank from the turn of the century to the present, historian Smith provides a portrait of this policy elite and concludes that "experts" have preempted the public debate by helping to remove complex issues from the ken of ordinary citizens.
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Smith, James Allen, 1948-
Idea brokers.
New York : The Free Press ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1991
(OCoLC)624582916
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Allen Smith
ISBN: 0029295513 9780029295519
OCLC Number: 21875734
Awards: American Historical Association Herbert Feis Award, 1992.
Description: xxi, 313 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Policy elite --
laboratories for reform --
Efficiency experts --
Experts advising --
Technocratic faiths --
Action intellectuals --
Limits of Liberalism --
Ideological divide --
Marketplace of ideas --
Politics of ideas --
Notes --
Appendix: leading think tanks.
Responsibility: James Allen Smith.

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Tracing the rise of the think tank from the turn of the century to the present, historian Smith provides a portrait of this policy elite and concludes that "experts" have preempted the public debate by helping to remove complex issues from the ken of ordinary citizens.

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