publication . Article . Other literature type . 2007

Recycling Bins, Garbage Cans or Think Tanks? Three Myths Regarding Policy Analysis Institutes

DIANE STONE;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2007
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The phrase 'think tank' has become ubiquitous – overworked and underspecified – in the political lexicon. It is entrenched in scholarly discussions of public policy as well as in the 'policy wonk' of journalists, lobbyists and spin-doctors. This does not mean that there is an agreed definition of think tank or consensual understanding of their roles and functions. Nevertheless, the majority of organizations with this label undertake policy research of some kind. The idea of think tanks as a research communication 'bridge' presupposes that there are discernible boundaries between (social) science and policy. This paper will investigate some of these boundaries. T...
Subjects
free text keywords: JN101, JA, Mythology, Public relations, business.industry, business, Lexicon, Mind–body dualism, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Garbage, Sociology, Public policy, Public interest, Politics, Public administration, Policy analysis
Related Organizations

Abelson, Donald. 2006 A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy, McGill-Queens University Press, forthcoming.

Saint-Martin, Denis. 2000 'The formation of the new entrepreneurial state and modern management consultancy', in D. Braun and A Busch (eds.) Public Policy and Political Ideas, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Smith, James. A. 1991 The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks and the Rise of the New Policy Elite, New York: The Free Press.

Stone, Diane. 1996 Capturing the Political Imagination: Think Tanks and the Policy Process, London, Frank Cass.

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