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Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise

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  • Author: Andrew Rich, City College, City University of New York
  • Date Published: May 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673945

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  • 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.

    • A full-scale empirical examination of the influence of think tanks in domestic policymaking in the US
    • Useful scholarly source for understanding how policy is made in the US, and how think tanks and policy experts influence it
    • Has practical relevance to popular debates about the consequences of the popularity of conservative ideals in contemporary American politics
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    "A lucid well-written empirical study of the influence exerted on public policy by the wide range of think tanks, which provides, for the first time, hard data on the differences between think tanks whose analyses are driven by an ideological agenda and those which derive their policy positions from an objective assessment of the facts." Joel Fleishman, Duke University

    "This often fascinating study shines its bright light on think tanks, largely overlooked players in the political process." getAbstract

    "This is a terrific book. It is not only the definitive political science treatment of think tanks in the United States, but also an extremely insightful study of the transformation of the policymaking community and process in Washington...Anyone who reads this book will come away with a deeper understanding of the complex forces that shape contemporary policy-making in the United States." R. Kent Weaver, Georgetown University HB ISBN (2004) 0-521-83029-X

    "This timely study is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the growing centrality of nonprofit organizations and subsidized expertise in contemporary public life - and indispensable to understanding the institutional basis of America's conservative revolution." Peter Dobkin Hall, Harvard University

    "Andrew Rich's study of evolution and role of think tanks in American politics is a first-class contribution to our understanding of public policy making. Employing both quantitative analysis and dozens of interviews, Rich identifies when and how think tanks most effectively influence the policy making process. He also shows that, ironically, as think tanks become more ideologically disposed and play to the media, they lose the very influence they seek. This is easily the best book on the subject." James D. Savage, University of Virginia

    "Andrew Rich's new work is the single best book available on think tanks. It's packed with ideas, insights, and fascinating details about the operations of these public policy enterprises. His arguments are carefully drawn and are supported by an abundance of convincing evidence. Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise is essential reading for anyone interested in the subject." Jeffrey M. Berry, Tufts University

    "This is a terrific book. It is not only the definitive political science treatment of think tanks in the United States, but also an extrememly insightful study of the transformation of the policymaking community and process in Washington. Rich shows that the roles that experts play in influencing policy are severely constrained, and that think tank efforts to improve the timeliness and visibility of their policy ideas frequently come at a cost in terms of credibility. Anyone who reads this book will come away with a deeper understanding of the complex forces that shape contemporary policy-making in the United States." R. Kent Weaver, Georgetown University

    "...Rich's book does a great service: It shows that the timeless question, "where can we find wisdom?" is still very much alove. And at least Rich, for all his latent hostility to conservative think tanks, doesn't follow the lead of Aristophanes and recommend a purification by fire." - Albert Keith Whitaker

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673945
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    Acknowledgements
    1. The political demography of think tanks
    2. The evolution of think tanks
    3. Political credibility
    4. The policy roles of experts
    5. Policy influence: making research matter
    6. Think tanks, experts and American politics
    Appendix A: details on the characteristics, perception and visibility of think tanks
    Appendix B: list of in-depth interviews
    Works cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Andrew Rich, City College, City University of New York
    Andrew Rich is an assistant professor of political science at City College of New York. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Professor Rich taught at Wake Forest University from 1999 to 2003.

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