In the last fifty years, many aspects of socialism have been rolled back around the world. Indeed, in the 1990s, following the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, it seemed as if classical liberal ideas had triumphed. But this did not happen by accident. The role of free-market think tanks was critical. This volume draws on the experiences of thirteen authors involved in classical liberal think tanks in different parts of the world. The contributors identify the strategies that have proved successful in influencing the public policy and explain how they can be adapted to local circumstances. Indeed, though the 'war of ideas' has been hard fought, it has been only partially won. New threats to freedom have emerged, including environmentalism and big-government conservatism. In some countries the burden taxation and regulation has never been greater. "Taming Leviathan" is essential reading for anyone involved in the battle against resurgent collectivism.
Colleen Dyble is the director of coalition relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. She has developed and executed think tank management and economic policy networking conferences throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and regularly represents Atlas at international events. She was a teaching assistant and guest lecturer at the Fund for American Studies' American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague, Czech Republic, and served on the Advisory Board of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Civil Society Network. Bridgett Wagner is the director of the coalition relations department at the Heritage Foundation advising think tanks on ways to build support for their policy prescriptions and builds support for the Heritage research agenda "beyond the Washington Beltway." She edits Heritage's biennial Policy Experts directory and the online PolicyExperts.org, and oversees the InsiderOnline.org and its accompanying quarterly, The Insider: Conservative Solutions for Advancing Liberty. Wagner is a trustee of the State Policy Network and the International Policy Network. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Council on Public Policy (Germany), the Executive Advisory Board of the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy (Croatia), and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Introduction; A little bit of (intellectual) entrepreneurship goes a long way; Brazil: a contrast of ideas; If it matters, measure it by Michael Walker; The battle of ideas in Chile: the case of Libertad y Desarrollo; University Francisco Marroquin: a model for winning liberty; Awakening a slumbering elephant: CCS in India; An Israeli think tank its challenges and discontents; IBL: bringing the market back to Italy; Opening taxpayers eyes: an uphill battle against taxation in Japan; A short story of the free market triumphing: between the two unions; Fighting for economic sanity; The war of ideas: thoughts from South Africa; How the Association for Liberal Thinking is changing the climate of opinion in Turkey.