Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise / Edition 1

Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise / Edition 1

by Andrew Rich
     
 

Think tanks are nonprofit policy research organizations that provide analysis and expertise to influence policymakers. From the 1970s their number exploded in the U.S. and their proliferation represented a hope that lawmaking might become better informed and more effective as a result of these expert contributions. Instead, as this book documents, the known ideologies… See more details below

Overview

Think tanks are nonprofit policy research organizations that provide analysis and expertise to influence policymakers. From the 1970s their number exploded in the U.S. and their proliferation represented a hope that lawmaking might become better informed and more effective as a result of these expert contributions. Instead, as this book documents, the known ideologies of many, especially the newer, think tanks currently contribute to an environment in which they differ little from advocacy organizations, promoting points of view and preordained policy prescriptions. As a result, they fail to achieve desired influence and undermine their credibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521673945
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,490,238
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
Acknowledgments
1The political demography of think tanks1
2The evolution of think tanks29
3Political credibility74
4The policy roles of experts104
5Policy influence : making research matter152
6Think tanks, experts, and American politics204
App. ADetails on the characteristics, perceptions, and visibility of think tanks221
App. BList of in-depth interviews233
Works cited239
Index253

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