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The Fifth Estate: Think Tanks, Public Policy, and Governance (Hardcover)

James G. McGann

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Hardcover. The Fifth Estate: Think Tanks, Public Policy, and Governance is a comprehensive look at think tanks and the important role they play in shaping public policy and public discourse in the Un.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 240 pages. 0.552. Bookseller Inventory # 9780815728306

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What role do think tanks play in shaping public policy and public discourse in the United States?
In The Fifth Estate: Think Tanks, Public Policy, and Governance, James G. McGann illustrates how policymakers have come to value the independent analysis and advice provided by think tanks and why it has become one of the defining characteristics of the American political system. Drawing on case studies in both foreign and domestic policy, McGann clarifies the correlation between think tank research and the policies enacted by the past three presidential administrations. He also describes a phenomenon known as the revolving door,” where think tanks provide former government officials an opportunity to share insights from public service, remain involved in policy debates, and continue to provide advice and commentary.
Based on the history and the level of involvement seen today, the influence of think tanks is unlikely to diminish in the coming years.

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What is the role of think tanks in shaping public policy and public discourse in the United States?
In The Fifth Estate: Think Tanks, Public Policy, and Governance, James G. McGann illustrates how policymakers have come to value the
independent analysis and advice provided by think tanks and why these institutions have become key players in the American political system. Drawing on case studies that examine the role of think tanks in both foreign and domestic policy, McGann clarifies the relationship between think tank
research and the policies enacted during the Clinton, Bush II, and Obama administrations. He also describes the phenomenon known as the revolving door,” where think tanks provide former government officials an opportunity to share insights from public service, remain involved in policy debates, and continue to provide advice and commentary.
Based on their history and their level of involvement seen today, the influence of think tanks is unlikely to diminish in the coming years.
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The U.S. government and its allies face an ever-changing political landscape, wielding policy to combat the problems that plague society and its interests. In the midst of this high-stakes environment, think tanks have carved out a niche in U.S. civil society.
The think tank landscape is much more complex today and includes traditional academic-oriented research centers and policy activists. Some scholars . . . perceive the rising role of think tanks as a negative development for politics. . . . that think tanks have become instruments of . . . ruling class power. There is also a growing community of scholars . . . who regard think tanks as closely tied entities that have been given the task of espousing a
neoliberal economic and political perspective.

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