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

  • Inderjeet Parmar

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

  • Inderjeet Parmar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity of ManchesterUK

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