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Author Rich, Andrew.

Title Think tanks, public policy, and the politics of expertise / Andrew Rich
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004


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Description xii, 258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The political demography of think tanks -- 2. The evolution of think tanks -- 3. Political credibility -- 4. The policy roles of experts -- 5. Policy influence : making research matter -- 6. Think tanks, experts, and American politics -- App. A. Details on the characteristics, perceptions, and visibility of think tanks -- App. B. List of in-depth interviews
Summary "Think tanks are nonprofit policy research organizations that provide analysis and expertise to influence policymakers. From the 1970s their number exploded in the U.S. and their proliferation represented a hope that lawmaking might become better informed and more effective as a result of these expert contributions. Instead, as this book documents, the known ideologies of many, especially the newer, think tanks currently contribute to an environment in which they differ little from advocacy organizations, promoting points of view and preordained policy prescriptions. As a result, they fail to achieve desired influence and undermine their credibility."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Think tanks
Policy process
United States
Nonprofit organisations
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-251) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Expertise -- Political aspects -- United States.
Policy sciences -- Research -- United States.
Policy scientists -- United States.
Research institutes -- United States.
Nonprofit organizations -- United States.
Political planning -- United States.
Legislative hearings -- United States.
Organizations, Nonprofit.
Public Policy.
LC no. 2003065392
ISBN 052183029X