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The Political Influence of Ideas: Policy Communities and the Social Sciences

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This collection explores the various dimensions of social scientists' participation in policy-making, with special emphasis on their roles within policy communities and their relationship to the state. Several of the chapters examine the role of research institutes and think tanks within policy communities in the United States, Canada, and Eastern Europe. This book will appeal to readers interested in the sociology of knowledge and the policy-making process, particularly ...

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Overview

This collection explores the various dimensions of social scientists' participation in policy-making, with special emphasis on their roles within policy communities and their relationship to the state. Several of the chapters examine the role of research institutes and think tanks within policy communities in the United States, Canada, and Eastern Europe. This book will appeal to readers interested in the sociology of knowledge and the policy-making process, particularly political scientists and sociologists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275943332
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1994
  • Pages: 252
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN BROOKS has taught Political Science at universities in Canada and Belgium.

ALAIN-G. GAGNON has taught Political Science at Queen's University, Carleton University, and McGill.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Policy Communities and the Social Sciences 1
1 Rethinking Corporatism and Comparative Social Science: An Old-New Approach 15
2 Policy Networks and State Autonomy 33
3 New Social Movements and Routes to Representation: Science versus Politics 57
4 Ideas, Institutions, and Innovation: Economic Policy in Canada and Sweden 83
5 Policy Research Institutes and Liberalized International Services Exchange 107
6 Balancing Relevance and Integrity: Social Scientists and Canada's Asia-Pacific Policy Community 135
7 Foundations, Social Scientists, and Eastern Europe 163
8 From Radio Research to Communications Intelligence: Rockefeller Philanthropy, Communications Specialists, and the American Policy Community 187
References 211
Index 231
About the Editors and Contributors 239
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