Do idea affect policies, and how? This is the subject addressed by six scholars spanning economics, history and political science. As governments increasingly embrace market reforms, an important question is how this transformation has come about.
Ideas, Interests and Consequences explores these themes and seeks to identify the forces that change political attitudes and policy.
Foreword by Cento Veljanovski
Ideas and interests in British Economic Policy by Andrew Gamble
How ideas affect societies: is Britain the wave of the future? by Mancur Olson
Ideas and interests: the problem reconsidered by Norman Barry
Economic scholarship and political interest: IEA thinking and government policies by Arthur Seldon
The political economy of policy formation: the case of England by R M Hartwell
On ideas and interests by Andrew Melnyk
1989, IEA Reading 30, ISBN 0-255 36224-2, 134pp
Waging the War of Ideas