Research note - Neoliberal Think Tanks and Free Market Environmentalism

  title={Research note - Neoliberal Think Tanks and Free Market Environmentalism},
  author={Sharon Beder},
  journal={Environmental Politics},
  pages={128 - 133}
  • S. Beder
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Political Science
  • Environmental Politics
Corporate-funded think tanks have played a central role in promoting free market environmentalism onto the policy agenda throughout the English speaking world. These think tanks have consistently opposed government regulation and advocated the virtues of a ‘free’ market unconstrained by a burden of red tape. The role of think tanks in the establishment of this ‘neoliberal’ agenda in the US and the UK in recent decades has been well documented. 
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