Think tank traditions

Policy analysis across nations

Edited by Diane Stone and Andrew Denham

Think tank traditions

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6479-1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: April 2004
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / International relations, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, International relations, Politics


As think tank numbers explode, they have become an integral part of political life. Political leaders, corporations and non-governmental organisations draw upon their expert advice to advance their causes in the battle of ideas.


1. Introduction Think tanks, policy advice and governance - Diane Stone
Part I The international dimension
2. Institutes of International Affairs in foreign policy making, opinion mobilisation and unofficial diplomacy - Inderjeet Parmar
3. Think tanks beyond nation states - Diane Stone
4. European Union think tanks: Generating ideas, analysis and debate - Heidi Ullrich
Part II European think tank traditions
5. Think tanks in Germany - Martin Thunert
6. Italy: Think tanks and the political system - Sonia Lucarelli and Claudio M. Radaelli
7. French think tanks in comparative perspective - Catherine Fieschi and John Gaffney
8. Think tanks, post communism and democracy in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe - Mark Sandle
Part III. Think tanks in democratic development and economic transition
9. The Chinese tradition of policy research institutes - Ming Chen Shai with Diane Stone
10. Think tanks in Japan: A new alternative - Makiko Ueno
11. Think tanks and Malaysian development - Su Ming Khoo
12. Think tanks in developing countries: Lessons from Argentina - Miguel Braun, Antonio Cicioni and Nicholas J. Durote
Part IV. The Anglo-American tradition
13. The business of ideas: A look at the think tank industry in the United States - Don Abelson
14. A 'hollowed out' tradition? British think tanks in the twenty-first century - Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett
15. Australian think tanks - Ian Marsh and Diane Stone
16. Three decades of Canadian think tanks: Evolving institutions, conditions and strategies - Evert A. Lundqvist
Afterword Soft power, global agendas - William Wallace


Diane Stone is Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick

Andrew Denham is Reader in Government at the University of Nottingham

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