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Right MovesThe Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture since 1945$
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Jason Stahl

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627861

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627861.001.0001

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The Think Tank in an Era of Liberal Consensus

The Think Tank in an Era of Liberal Consensus

(p.7) 1 The Think Tank in an Era of Liberal Consensus
Right Moves

Jason Stahl

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the development of the think tank from World War II until the end of the 1960s. The chapter's first narrative thread focuses on the reorientation of the Brookings Institution to a fundamentally liberal outlook. Such a change situated the think tank as a key pillar of the “liberal consensus” ideology of the period. Secondly, the chapter discusses the various ways in which conservative think tanks of the period — the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution, and the Free Society Association — sought to combat Brookings and the liberal consensus more broadly. Their efforts took on various forms as they tried to figure out their place within the nascent conservative political movement of the period.

Keywords:   Think tank, Brookings Institution, Liberal consensus, Conservative think tanks, American Enterprise Institute, Hoover Institution, Free Society Association, Conservative political movement

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