A response to Denham and Garnett’s “the nature and impact of think tanks in contemporary Britain”

Oliver, Michael (1996). A response to Denham and Garnett’s “the nature and impact of think tanks in contemporary Britain”. Contemporary British History, 10(2) pp. 80–86.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13619469608581388

Abstract

Until the publication of Richard Cockett's book, Thinking the Unthinkable, in 1994, the history of think tanks in twentieth‐century Britain had been relatively neglected in the literature. In the previous volume Denham and Gamett made several attempts to criticise Cockett's work and to reassess both the nature and impact of think tanks in contemporary Britain. However, far from repudiating Cockett's analysis, their article merely confirms the influence of these new right groups in economic policy‐making. This comment argues that their criticisms of Cockett are misplaced and suggest that the impact of think tanks needs to be examined in a wider context than hitherto.

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