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  1. Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise
    Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise
    Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise
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  2. Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise

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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.

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Andrew Rich
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As a person interested in the demise of liberalism in America, I have spent some time looking at the role of the "alternative political epistemology" as I call it; the alternative misinformation universe created by the right in other words. "Think" tanks have been important in creating this different world, sponsoring right wing "scholars," aggressively marketing their publications and viewpoints, appearing on countless pundit platforms, and generally pushing the right wing agenda. I used quotation marks above for " think" and "scholars" because there is precious little of either in the right wing think tanks. Organizations that have sponsored the likes of Bloom, Bork, and Murray cannot make any claims to objective scholarship whatsoever.
Professor Rich consistently down plays the role of these operations in this book, which I think seriously underestimates their influence. He argues that the aggressive marketing of the right wing agenda... Read more
Political scientist Rich spent 7 years writing this book - and it shows. The chapters cover evolution, political demography, credibility, policy influence, and the role of experts in think tanks. Rich homes in on just about every hard question I could think of and some I didn't think an academic author would dare touch. Rich provides ratings for ideology, influence, credibility, and visibility of individual think tanks. He compiled these indices by using polls from congressional staff and journalists and interviews with some 135 experts from key organizations of every political flavor. These include the President of the Heritage Foundation (Edwin Feulner), rated as the most conservative and also most influential think tank. Rich concludes, as did most earlier writers like Smith, Abelson, Ricci, and McGann and Weaver (2003), that think tanks have far more influence on policymaking in the U.S. than do universities and academic institutions. If you want to know who's who among the think... Read more
If you study any complex issue being debated in the U.S. Congress or state legislatures, you are likely to find a torrent of reports from independent think tanks. Who are these groups and where did they come from? Good question - and one that political scientist Andrew Rich answers quite thoroughly. This often fascinating study shines its bright light on think tanks, largely overlooked players in the political process. At times, though, Rich's study tantalizes with generalizations, and then it tends toward scholarly restraint at exactly the moment when the reader wants some juicy details. We suggest this book to anyone who wants to shape - or really understand - the public debate on complex policy issues.
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