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Think tanks and power in foreign policy : a comparative study of the role and influence of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1939-1945

Author: Inderjeet Parmar
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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"What is the role of elites in shaping foreign policy? Did unaccountable foreign policy elites shape the post-1945 world order? As Britain and the United States draw ever closer in global affairs, Think Tanks and Power in Foreign Policy examines the intellectual and political forces that constructed a resilient Anglo-American alliance during the Second World War. Chattam House and the Council on Foreign Relations
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Inderjeet Parmar
ISBN: 1403921032 9781403921031
OCLC Number: 53231349
Description: vii, 267 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Sociology of the CFR and RIIA --
The world-view of Chatham House and the CFR --
The role and influence of Chatham House in the making of British foreign policy --
The role and influence of the CFR in the making of American foreign policy --
The role of the CFR in the mobilisation of American public opinion --
The role of Chatham House in the mobilisation of British public opinion --
CFR-RIIA interconnections : a transnational ruling class, liberal Atlantic community or Anglo-American establishment?
Responsibility: Inderjeet Parmar.
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"What is the role of elites in shaping foreign policy? Did unaccountable foreign policy elites shape the post-1945 world order? As Britain and the United States draw ever closer in global affairs, Think Tanks and Power in Foreign Policy examines the intellectual and political forces that constructed a resilient Anglo-American alliance during the Second World War. Chattam House and the Council on Foreign Relations were vital in America's shift from isolationism to globalism, and in Britain's shift from Empire to its current pro-American orientation and were also fundamental in engineering public backing for a new world order.

This study locates the think tanks within their respective foreign policy establishments and also considers their numerous transatlantic interconnections - social, political and economic. Finally, the historical evidence is tested against important theories of power, including Gramscian, pluralist, corporatist and statist. Inderjeet Parmar presents new evidence to show how well-organised and well-connected elite think tanks helped to change the world."--Jacket.

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