Think tanks are proliferating. Although they are outside of government, many of these policy research institutes are perceived to influence political thinking and public policy. This book develops ideas about policy networks, epistemic communities and policy learning in relation to think tanks.
Parliamentary Affairs- "…a sophisticated and balanced evaluation"
Austrian Broadcasting Corporation- "This comprehensive study of British and American Think Tanks tells us how they work, how they"re used and hot to distinguish between them."
Political Studies- " By drawing on the literature of agenda setting, knowledge communities and policy entrepreneurship Stone is able to give her study a strong conceptual framework within which to conduct her analysis…the overall impression is of a very sound and stimulating piece of work"
New Times - "a wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis…an excellent book"
Contemporary Review - " This is a thoughtful and well-researched study of an aspect of policy development which has not been much written up in this country…an essential book for the library of the policy student- and of the decision taker in Government"
The Political Quarterly- "This book has the great merit of seeking to debunk the myth of the overmighty think tank, refusing to acccept claims of influence and success without proof"
Times Literary Supplement- " As a reference work it is…invaluable