Theory and Society

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 647–651 | Cite as

Think tanks, free market academics, and the triumph of the right

A review essay on Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012, and Angus Burgin, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.


These two books address different dimensions of the triumphal rise of free market ideas. Thomas Medvetz analyzes the emergence of think tanks as a new organizational form in the United States and explains why they have effectively reduced the influence of most academic intellectuals on policy making. Angus Burgin analyzes the emergence and history of the Mont Pèlerin Society—the free market group that was founded by Friedrich Hayek—which had a decisive influence on conservative thought.


Think tanks Neoliberalism Intellectuals Market fundamentalism 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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