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Critical Perspectives on Think Tanks

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Critical Perspectives on Think Tanks

Power, Politics and Knowledge

9781789909227 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Julien Landry, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
Publication Date: July 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 922 7 Extent: c 264 pp
This innovative book explores think tanks from the perspective of critical policy studies, showcasing how knowledge, power and politics intersect with the ways in which think tanks intervene in public policy.

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This innovative book explores think tanks from the perspective of critical policy studies, showcasing how knowledge, power and politics intersect with the ways in which think tanks intervene in public policy.

Expert contributors offer multidisciplinary analyses of the history of policy advice and expertise and highlight recent examples of how think tanks navigate public debates, political arenas and the backstage of decision-making. They provide an overview of historical developments in the emergence and evolution of think tanks and consider how current think tanks produce policy narratives and exercise influence through the power of ideas. Focusing on institutional structures and social forces, chapters explain how national and transnational think tank landscapes are organized and how think tanks shape knowledge production infrastructure in different governance contexts. The book concludes that evaluating this infrastructure is crucial for ensuring that policy discourse serves collective interests and inclusive policy learning in diverse democratic polities.

This book’s evaluation of the impact of think tanks on expertise, democracy and social justice, while utilizing rigorous empirical research, will be useful for scholars and students of public policy, political theory and public administration and management. It will also be beneficial for think tankers and policy analysts.
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‘Think tanks are ubiquitous today. This volume is a stellar contribution by showing how these organizations have evolved and adjusted to the post factual world where experts and policy knowledge is constantly contested. Even so, many think tanks have been able to penetrate policy advisory structures in countries around the world. But the contributors go further to delve into their organizational strategies that go beyond seeking to inform policy to reveal the way in which they wield power in shaping policy discourses and paradigms.’
– Diane Stone, European University Institute, Italy and International Public Policy Association, France

‘Critical Perspectives on Think Tanks offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the global reach of think tanks. Its incisive studies are a must-read, not only for scholars focused on this subject, but for anyone interested in the shifting interface between public policy and scientific reason.’
– Thomas Medvetz, University of California, San Diego, US
Contributors
Contributors include: D. Abelson, T. Alam, A. Catala, F. Claveau, J. Hauck, M. Kipping, G. Lamy, J. Landry, D. Plehwe, C. Resende, A. Ruser, A. Salas-Porras, A. Veillette, E. Zimmerman

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