"Murray Weidenbaum’s book on Washington think tanks (what they do, how and why) is richly documented and very valuable. It provides solid scholarship and a good advice on a subject that needs both."
—Richard P. Nathan, co-director, Rockefeller Institute of Government
Murray Weidenbaum, an independent participant observer of various Washington think tanks, presents a careful, balanced account of where think tanks have been and are now headed in The Competition of Ideas. Weidenbaum discovered that think tank staffers are mostly activists and scholars, that they are not made up of totally conservative or totally liberal members, and that they do make a special contribution to public policy. He believes that the overarching issue of quality control deserves more attention than it has attained in the think tank world.