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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Centre for Policy Studies


Reference code(s): GB 0097 CENTRE FOR POLICY STUDIES

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Centre for Policy Studies

Date(s): 1974-1991

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 8 boxes

Name of creator(s): Centre for Policy Studies


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Centre for Policy Studies was established by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph in 1974 as an independent centre-right think tank with a remit to develop and publish public policy proposals and arrange seminars and lectures on topical policy issues, with a view to influencing policy world-wide. It became a limited company on 20 June 1974 with Sir Keith Joseph, Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Vinson as directors, employing paid staff and advisors and based at 8 Wilfred Street, London. According to its mission statement, the core principles upon which the Centre bases its policy proposals include the value of free markets, the importance of individual choice and responsibility, and the concepts of duty, family, respect for the law, national independence, individualism, and liberty. The Centre has concerned itself particularly with such issues as the National Health Service, the privatisation of industry, the economy, and defence. Amongst the policies it claims to have helped to initiate are privatisation, trade union reform, council house sales, pensions deregulation, education reform, free trade, health service reform, and the restructuring of the tax system in favour of 'traditional' families. CPS advisors also produce speeches and articles for politicians and maintain close, though informal, links with the government, politicians, policy makers, civil servants and the press, in Britain and abroad.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection is comprised of various administrative records, publications, reports, and papers of study groups of the Centre for Policy studies, and is divided into 15 sections: 1. Centre for Policy Studies Minutes; 2. Administration Papers; 3. Working Papers; 4. Research Papers; 5. Publications; 6. Speeches; 7. The Westwell Report; 8. Defence Study Group Papers; 9. Deregulation Study Group Papers; 10. Employment and Economy Study Group Papers; 11. First Eleven Group Papers; 12. Health Study Group Papers; 13. Nationalised Industry Study Group Papers; 14. Soviet Study Group Papers; 15. Trade Union Reform Study Papers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged by subject into 15 categories as given in scope and content.

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Printed handlist and online catalogue available.


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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on February 1, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 1 Feb 2002; revised 26 Feb 2002

Defence | State security
Privatization | Economic policy
Trade unions | Labour relations
Health services
International relations
Social sciences
Social welfare

Personal names
Joseph | Keith Sinjohn | 1918-1994 | Baron Joseph of Portsoken | politician x Joseph of Portsoken | Baron
Thatcher | Margaret Hilda | b 1925 | née Roberts | Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven | Prime Minister x Roberts | Margaret Hilda x Thatcher of Kesteven | Baroness
Vinson | Nigel | b 1931 | Baron Vinson of Roddam Dene | entrepreneur x Vinson of Roddam Dene | Baron

Corporate names
Centre For Policy Studies

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
USSR | Eastern Europe