Robert S. Brookings: The Man, the Vision and the Institution

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Contrary to those social scientists who posit a close relationship between corporate interests, the capitalist state, and the nonpartisan research establishment, this paper challenges the linkage thesis through an examination of the early history of the Brookings Institution. As the nation’s oldest and most prestigious “think tank,” the Brookings Institution played a multidimensional role in the public policy process. Robert S. Brookings, the capitalist who founded the institution in the aftermath of World War I, played little role in the subsequent history of the institution. Instead, the less reform-minded professional social scientists who staffed the organization shaped the character of the institution. In their defense of the market economy, Brookings economists emerged as leading opponents of the new liberal state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-581
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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