Think tanks have become essential vehicles of business propaganda and policy marketing. Rather than just react to proposed government policies, in the 1970s US corporations began to more actively initiate policies and shepherd them through the policy-making process till they became government policy. Think tanks enabled them to do this. The more government was attacked and its role reduced, the more freedom and opportunities were provided to business.
|How They Work|
|British Think Tanks||IEA CPS Adam Smith Inst.|
|US Think Tanks||AEI Heritage Fdn Cato Institute|
|Australian Tanks||CIS Defunct Tanks IPA Linkages|
In most English speaking countries, conservative think tanks have been influential in promoting a conservative pro-business reform agenda and ‘widening the parameters of ‘respectable’ opinion.’ As a result free market ideas have come to dominate all policy issues.