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Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-tanks and the Economic Counter-revolution, 1931-83 Paperback – 10 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; New edition edition (10 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006375863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006375869
  • Package Dimensions: 19 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Between the years of triumphant Keynesianism in the 1930s and the administration of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s there was a tremendous swing of the pendulum of public opinion away from collectivism and welfarism towards economic liberalism and acceptance of the working of free market forces. All the while between those extremities there rose and fell organisations, such as the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Centre for Policy Studies, which worked away explaining and promoting the operation and the blessings of a 'free economy'. It is a story which Richard Cockett has brilliantly and excitingly reconstructed… in his remarkably well documented and organised study."
J. ENOCH POWELL, ' Spectator '

"Cockett's book is intellectual history of the most readable and persuasive kind. He describes and analyses the intensive interplay between ideas and politics in a most lucid manner."
HARRY REID, ' Glasgow Herald '

"When intellectuals and politicians conspire, the outcome can be complicated – and unpredictable. Richard Cockett's superb book traces the 50-year campaign by a band of economic liberals, inspired by Austria's Friedrich von Hayek, to smash Britain's post-war Keynesian consensus."

"Fascinating… Cockett has put together, in highly manageable form, an intellectual political history of our times. The British often affect to be non-ideological. This proves that affectation to be false."
PATRICK COSGRAVE, ' Literary Review '

"Cockett has produced a first-rate narrative that is both gripping and enlightening."
STEVE BRIGGS, ' Scotland on Sunday '

"Cockett has seized on a superb subject. It is a case-study in the way that ideas are dangerous, for good or evil. He ends by anticipating a counter-revolution against economic liberalism: a provocative conclusion to a provocative book."
PETER CLARKE, ' London Review of Books '

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