Global Think Tanks provides a clear description of and context for the global proliferation of think tanks. Whilst these institutions are still relatively new players in global and national politics, they are becoming a significant source of strength in an increasingly transnational and less Western-led world. This work presents an important guide to the factors contributing to the proliferation of think tanks, the present nature of this proliferation, and the future of think tanks at the global, regional, and national level.
- identifies the forces driving these phenomena by addressing some of the historical and current factors that have dominate policy debates around the world
- attempts to identify the range of existing global think tanks and a representative group of global public policy networks and conduct detailed profiling of these organizations.
- extrapolate trends in current think tank research that provide a basis for understanding the impact that think tanks have on policy makers
- identifies and critique the role of global think tanks and global public policy networks in civil society and analyze the challenges and opportunities facing global think tanks and policy networks.
- seeks to recommend improvements to think tanks and global public policy networks so that they can continue to contribute to global public policy and serve as a catalyst for civic engagement around the world.
Examining the issues that face think tanks on a global scale, this book will be of great interest to all students of international relations and international organizations.
Table of Contents
1. National, regional, and global think tanks: catalyst for ideas and action 2. Emergence of think tanks in the policy world: the United States and beyond 3. New institutional structures: global think tanks and policy networks 4. Challenges and opportunities for global think tanks and policy networks 5. Transnational think tanks and policy networks in action 6. Conclusion
About the Series
The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).
The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:
- Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
- Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
- Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.
Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General