British Think-Tanks And The Climate Of Opinion by Andrew Denham

By Andrew Denham

Investigating imagine tanks on each side of the political divide, the writer defines those teams within the context of British politics, explores their influence at the weather of opinion, and calculates how powerful they've been in influencing govt often and key coverage parts specifically. imagine tanks have hardly ever come below the highlight and the writer bargains a probing yet balanced review of a political phenomenon. This ebook may still end up to be important examining for college kids of political technology, public management and modern British background.

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In 1965, a broadsheet entitled Reforming the Commons was published, written by members of the Study of Parliament Group (SPG). This was followed by more work undertaken with the SPG and financed by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), which had been established in 1965 with Michael Young, a former Secretary and Executive Member of PEP as its first Chairman (Young became Vice President of PEP in 1966). These studies led to the publication of The member of parliament and his information, by Anthony Barker and Michael Rush (1970), John Griffiths’ Parliamentary scrutiny of government bills in 1974, and other reports on select committees, services and facilities for MPs.

This attracted the attention of (among others) the German federal agency for manpower policy in Nuremberg, which commissioned PEP to undertake a joint study of alternatives to unemployment (Pinder 1981:149). The principal theme of PEP’s industrial research during the 1970s was innovation. In 1969 Christopher Layton’s European advanced technology was published, to be followed in 1972 by his Ten innovations, based on a report he had produced for the Central Advisory Council for Science and Technology.

Throughout the 1930s, PEP had been calling for national policies to cure unemployment and for a sense of national purpose, backing its arguments with detailed investigation on the subjects of greatest concern. Up to 1939 these demands had been met only in part. Now that the long-expected war had broken out, unemployment disappeared and a grip was taken on the economy; as a senior civil servant later put it, “the war was a prolonged exercise in central planning and control” (Franks 1947:8). The sense of national purpose for which PEP had been calling since the early 1930s became even more necessary.

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