Andrew Denham's British Think-Tanks And The Climate Of Opinion PDF

By Andrew Denham

ISBN-10: 0203981219

ISBN-13: 9780203981214

ISBN-10: 1857284968

ISBN-13: 9781857284966

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ISBN-13: 9781857284973

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In 1953, it was successful in securing support for two studies, on graduates in industry and trade associations in Britain, financed by counterpart funds set up to promote research under Marshall Aid arrangements. Later projects financed by foundation grants were on family needs and the social services, mental health facilities and Trade Unions. By the early 1960s, the usual pattern was for PEP’s Council to agree on a number of POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PLANNING 33 subjects for study on which applications would be prepared and forwarded to the appropriate foundations; this was quite different from earlier projects, some of which had been financed on a somewhat hand-to-mouth basis.

The Centre was not to be a purely academic institution; its work should be policy-relevant and should draw on the views and members of all parties and other public organizations. To do its work properly, such a Centre would need £900,000 per year to finance a dozen permanent and two dozen temporary research fellows, as well as the necessary infrastructure (Dahrendorf 1995:490– 1). ” assembled contributions to the debate from various sources. Although the editor of The Times, Sir William (later Lord) Rees-Mogg was in favour, the Presidents of the NIESR (see Chapter 3), RIIA and PEP feared a dissipation of research staff; PEP’s Director, John Pinder, argued against big research institutes which would endanger the existing pluralism in ideas (Pinder 1981:159).

The significance of PEP and other sources of “middle opinion” in Britain during the 1930s has been noted by several historians of the period (Marwick 1964). As Stevenson and Cook have argued, a vital part in the emergence of what has been called a “consensus on social responsibility” in the years leading up to the Second World War was played by inquiries undertaken by PEP and others. Many of the recommendations on social policy underlying the British welfare state after 1945, they argue, “were derived from the investigations and social thought of the 1930s.

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