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Think Tanks and Power in Foreign Policy

A Comparative Study of the Role and Influence of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1939–1945


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Part 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Inderjeet Parmar
      Pages 3-23
    3. Inderjeet Parmar
      Pages 24-47
    4. Inderjeet Parmar
      Pages 48-74
  3. Part 2

  4. Part 3

  5. Part 4

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Inderjeet Parmar
      Pages 215-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 224-267

About this book


What is the role of elites in shaping foreign policy? Did unaccountable foreign policy elites shape the post-1945 world order? Chatham House and the Council on Foreign Relations were vital in America's shift from isolationism to globalism, and in Britain's shift from Empire to its current pro-American orientation and were also fundamental in engineering public backing for a new world order. Inderjeet Parmar presents new evidence to show how well-organized and well-connected elite think tanks helped to change the world.


American Foreign Policy community foreign policy public opinion sociology Think Tank world order

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity of ManchesterUK

About the authors

INDERJEET PARMAR is Senior Lecturer in Government at the University of Manchester. His publications include Special Interests, the State and the Anglo-American Alliance, 1939-1945 and numerous journal articles on elites and US foreign policy.

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'Inderjeet Parmar's ambitious composition is a welcome examination of these two institutions, and of their contribution to foreign policy making in each country'. - J. Simon Rofe - The Round Table