Summary of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans

Rating

8 Overall

6 Applicability

9 Innovation

8 Style

Recommendation

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. getAbstract suggests this book to anyone who wants to shape - or really understand - the public debate on complex policy issues.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How think tanks have evolved;
  • How experts wield influence in policy-making; and
  • How think tanks may undermine their own credibility.
 

About the Author

Andrew Rich is an assistant professor of political science at City College of New York. He holds a doctorate in political science from Yale University, and he taught at Wake Forest University from 1999 to 2003.

 

Summary

Rethinking Think Tanks: The Experts Become Advocates

Think tanks such as the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Institution, the Heritage Foundation and the Progressive Policy Institute have been helping shape American public policy for decades. A think tank is a nonprofit, independent group that uses its research and analysis to influence policy and win financial support.

Get the key points from this book in 10 minutes.

For you

Find the right subscription plan for you.

For your company

We help you build a culture of continuous learning.

 or log in

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category