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British Library of Political and Economic Science

COCKETT, Dr Richard, b 1961, historian


Reference code(s): GB 0097 COCKETT

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: COCKETT, Dr Richard, b 1961, historian

Date(s): 1942-1996

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Cockett | Richard | b 1961 | historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

No information available at present.
Publications: editor of Anatomy of decline: the political journalism of Peter Jenkins (Cassell, London, 1995); David Astor and the Observer (Deutsch, London, 1991); editor of My dear Max: the letters of Brendan Bracken to Lord Beaverbrook, 1925-1958 (Historians' Press, London, 1990); Twilight of truth: Chamberlain, appeasement, and the manipulation of the press (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1989).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers mainly collated by Dr Richard Cockett during research for his book Thinking the unthinkable: think-tanks and the economic counter-revolution, 1931-1983 (Harper Collins, London, 1994), 1942-1996, comprising journal and newspaper articles, official reports and correspondence, 1942-1992, relating to right-wing economic think-tanks, including the Adam Smith Institute, the Society of Individualists (and Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn, 3rd Bt), Aims of Industry, the Mont Perelin Society, the Longbow Group (and Diana Spearman), the Selsdon Group, the Institute for the Study of Conflict (and Brian Rossiter Crozier), the Institute for Economic Affairs, the Centre for Policy Studies, The St James Society, and The Carl Menger Society; material relating to influential economic and political advisors, 1952-1996, notably newspaper and journal articles by Arthur Seldon, Sir Alfred Sherman, Professor Timothy George Congden, and Phillip Denis Andrew Vander Elst; miscellaneous reports, notes and newspaper cuttings relating to the activities, and influence on various governments, of political and economic think-tanks, 1952-1992.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in 2 sections: papers relating to specific think-tanks, and papers of influential individuals.

Conditions governing access:

Open, though some confidential files remain closed. Apply to Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Temporary handlist and on-line catalogue available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Given by Richard Cockett in 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The BLPES also holds material relating to the Centre for Policy Studies.

Publication note:

Thinking the unthinkable: think-tanks and the economic counter-revolution, 1931-1983 (Harper Collins, London, 1994).



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science catalogue; British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 2000

Politics | Political science
Think tanks | Applied research | Research
Organization of research

Personal names
Benn | Sir | Ernest John Pickstone | 1874-1954 | 3rd Baronet | publisher
Cockett | Richard | b 1961 | historian
Congden | Timothy George | b 1951 | economist
Crozier | Brian Rossiter | b 1918 | writer and consultant on international affairs
Elst | Phillip Denis Andrew | Vander | b 1951 | writer on international affairs x Vander Elst | Phillip Denis Andrew
Seldon | Arthur | b 1916 | economist and writer
Sherman | Sir | Alfred | b 1919 | Knight | journalist
Spearman | Diana | fl 1928-1951 | member of the Longbow Group

Corporate names
Adam Smith Institute | economic think-tank
Aims of Industry | economic think-tank
Carl Menger Society
Centre for Policy Studies
Institute for Economic Affairs
Institute for the Study of Conflict
Longbow Group
Mont Perelin Society
Selsdon Group
Society of Individualists
St James Society