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The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks And The Rise Of The New Policy Elite
The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks And The Rise Of The New Policy Elite
By James A. Smith
The Free Press, 1991, 313 pp.

The subject of this book is far broader than the title suggests, being nothing less than a history of how the increasing complexity of government and changing attitudes toward "experts" as an identifiable profession gave rise to the twentieth-century think tank. There is a stimulating discussion of the interplay of liberal and conservative ideology. A useful appendix provides thumbnail descriptions of the history, character and agendas of 30 leading think tanks.