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Global Think Tanks

Policy Networks and Governance, 2nd Edition

By James G. McGann, Laura C. Whelan

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192 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Description

This completely revised edition of Global Think Tanks: Policy Networks and Governance provides a clear description of, and context for the global proliferation of think tanks. It explores the origins, development and diversity of think tanks and policy networks, discusses past and current issues facing transnational think tanks and considers the possible future challenges and developments. The updated content reflects recent trends such as globalization, digitalization, artificial intelligence, populism, and disinformation; and also includes a new chapter on shifting attitudes towards age and gender.

The book:

  • identifies, maps, and analyzes these phenomena of proliferation, expansion, and networking
  • provides a primer and a roadmap for global public policy practitioners, participants, and the interested public
  • illustrates the global growth of think tanks that the world has experienced over the past eight years
  • analyzes the impact and emerging potential of new technologies and increasing diversity
  • considers how global think tanks and policy networks can continue to improve their impact and overall reach

This volume will be of great interest to all students of international relations and international organizations, alongside policy professionals working at think tanks around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction

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 Impact of emerging technologies on global think tanks and global governance

5 Transnational think tanks and policy networks in action

6 Challenges and opportunities for global think tanks and policy networks

7 Conclusion

About the Authors

James G. McGann, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Lauder Institute of the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Laura C. Whelan is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a research assistant and summit coordinator intern at the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).

About the Series

Global Institutions

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 two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • 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.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General