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Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy
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Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy

9781789901832 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Donald E. Abelson, Director, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, Steven K. Hudson Chair in Canada-US Relations and Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University and Christopher J. Rastrick, Director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario, Canada
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 183 2 Extent: 416 pp
This important Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the role, function and perceived impact of policy research-oriented institutions in North America, Europe and beyond. Over 20 international scholars explore the diverse and eclectic world of think tanks to reveal their structure, governance and unique position in occupying a critical space on the public-policy landscape.

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This important Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the role, function and perceived impact of policy research-oriented institutions in North America, Europe and beyond. Over 20 international scholars explore the diverse and eclectic world of think tanks to reveal their structure, governance and unique position in occupying a critical space on the public policy landscape.

This Handbook serves as a reference point for understanding how think tanks shape public opinion and public policy, and how their directors help them navigate their way through an increasingly crowded marketplace of ideas. It also considers how these organizations enlist various actors (such as policymakers, the media, donors and industry leaders) to influence the discourse around key domestic and foreign policy issues.

The Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy is an invaluable resource for academics and students who wish to further their understanding of how to measure the impact and reach of think tanks. It will also be useful for policymakers and non-governmental organizations who are interested in the expertise think tanks can offer on policy-related issues, and for donors whose main goals and objectives may be advanced by these organizations.
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‘This is a remarkable collection of expert analysis on the politics, practices and study of think tanks. Abelson and Rastrick have curated a collection that adds significantly to our appreciation of the role of think tanks in different geographical and political contexts, and explores the dynamics and influence of think tanks within the nation-state and those that operate globally. The collection combines insightful insider reflections with scholarly discussion to provide an invaluable addition to our understanding of these important institutions.’
– Helen Sullivan, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia

‘I started my career in Washington, DC think tanks in 1993, and reading this impressive collection of analytical perspectives on think tanks in Washington, DC, and around the world made me feel like a monkey in the zoo who suddenly realized that I was in a zoo! The authors provide the perspective that a think tanker lacks, and I learned something important and useful from every chapter. More importantly, these scholarly perspectives rang true. This book is a monumental contribution to the literature, but more than that, it is a must-read for policy scholars and policymakers seeking to understand us monkeys, our influence, and what it is we do.’
– Christopher Sands, Wilson Centre, US
Contributors
Contributors: D.E. Abelson, K. Bowman, J. Braml, S. Brooks, N. de Graaff, A. Garcé García y Santos, M. Garnett, N. Goren, J.D. Kelstrup, J. Landry, L. Li, E. Lindquist, C. López Burian, V. Lorenzoni, E. Mendizabal, I. Parmar, M. Pirie, D. Plehwe, C.J. Rastrick, D. Schwarzer, D. Stone, R.J. Struyk, J. Tchilingirian, H. Ullrich, B. van Apeldoorn, S. Yin
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Contents:

Introduction to the Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy xviii
Donald E. Abelson and Christopher J. Rastrick

PART I THE STUDY OF THINK TANKS
1 ‘Network Intellectuals’ and ‘Networked Intellectuals’:
relational approaches to the study of British think tanks 2
Jordan Tchilingirian
2 Describing and comparing think tanks 16
Enrique Mendizabal
3 Methodological challenges and advances in studying think tanks 33
Jesper Dahl Kelstrup

PART II MANAGING THINK TANKS: THE VIEW FROM INSIDE
4 Co-opting the interest groups 44
Madsen Pirie
5 Addressing ‘new’ think tank management problems 55
Raymond J. Struyk
6 Association to institute: AEI through four presidencies 71
Karlyn Bowman
7 American foundations, think tanks and the liberal international order 86
Inderjeet Parmar and Shihui Yin

PART III INFLUENCE AND IMPACT: HOW CAN WE
UNDERSTAND THINK TANK PERFORMANCE?
8 Think tanks and policy communities: analysing policy
influence and learning from the analogue to the digital era 100
Evert Lindquist
9 Think tanks beyond the nation-state: policy analysis for global
policy and transnational administration 119
Diane Stone
10 If it doesn’t matter, why measure it? Reflections on think tank
rankings and policy influence 134
Donald E. Abelson
11 Think tanks and the politics of climate change 150
Dieter Plehwe

PART IV THINK TANKS ACROSS DIFFERENT POLITICAL SYSTEMS
12 Germany’s marketplace of ideas 167
Josef Braml and Daniela Schwarzer
13 The development of think tanks in China 179
Ling Li
14 The role of think tanks in promoting foreign policy change in Israel 205
Nimrod Goren
15 The rise or demise of American think tanks? 221
Donald E. Abelson
16 What’s in a think tank’s mix of interventions? Plugging into
politics and policymaking in Canada’s knowledge regime 239
Julien Landry
17 Think tanks and political-knowledge regimes in the Southern
Cone: case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay 258
Adolfo Garcé García y Santos and Camilo López Burian
18 ‘Atlantic Drift’: a baseline model for American and
supranational think tanks 278
Christopher J. Rastrick
19 EU think tanks: facilitating policy development in a changing
environment 293
Heidi Ullrich
20 Supranational think tanks and the research agenda ahead 311
Christopher J. Rastrick

PART V THINK TANKS IN POPULIST CONTEXTS
21 Think tanks confront the challenge of populism 322
Stephen Brooks
22 Trump and the foreign policy elite think tank networks 338
Naná de Graaff and Bastiaan van Apeldoorn
23 British think tanks in the time of ‘Brexit’ 354
Mark Garnett and Virgile Lorenzoni

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