Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the US: Academics, Advisors and Advocates, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the US

Academics, Advisors and Advocates, 1st Edition

Edited by James G. McGann


196 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This volume chronicles and analyzes the development of think tanks and public policy research organizations, while exploring the impact think tanks have on politics, public policies, and governance in the US.

Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the US investigates the distinctive nature of thirty leading think tanks in America, while capturing the political and intellectual ecology of the more than 1,500 think tanks in the US. Presidents from twenty think tanks have contributed insightful essays that examine the role, value, and impact of these organizations on a national and global level. The book examines a range of key factors (partisan politics; growth of liberal and conservative advocacy groups; restrictive funding policies of donors; growth of specialized think tanks; narrow and short-term orientation of Congress and the White House; tyranny of myopic academic disciplines; and the 24/7 cable news networks) which have impacted on the ability of think tanks to provide independent analysis and advice.

This text fills a gap in the available literature and will serve as a valuable reference tool for policy makers, the media, and researchers in the fields of public policy, political science, and American politics more generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the United States 2. History of Think Tanks in the United States 3. Think Tanks Defined 4. Marketing, Public Relations and Public Engagement 5. Measuring the Influence of Think Tanks 6. Think Tanks Funding 7. Current Trends Facing Think Tanks 8. Conclusion 9. Recommendations 10. Essays on Value, Role and Impact of Think Tanks Appendix A: U.S. Think Tanks - The Global Context Appendix B: U.S. Think Tanks in Brief

About the Editor

James G. McGann is Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, USA, where he directs the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP). He also lectures in Domestic and International Policy at Villanova University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in American Politics and Governance

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Advocacy