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Think Tanks in America [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Medvetz

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"I agree with Thomas Medvetz that think tanks have changed America." (Forbes)"

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Over the past half-century, think tanks have become fixtures of American politics, supplying advice to presidents and policy makers, expert testimony on Capitol Hill, and convenient facts and figures to journalists and media specialists. But what are think tanks? Who funds them? What kind of “research” do they produce? Where does their authority come from? And how influential have they become?


 


In Think Tanks in America, Thomas Medvetz argues that the unsettling ambiguity of the think tank is less an accidental feature of its existence than the very key to its impact. By combining elements of more established sources of public knowledge—universities, government agencies, businesses, and the media—think tanks exert a tremendous amount of influence on the way citizens and lawmakers perceive the world, unbound by the more clearly defined roles of those other institutions. In the process, they transform the government of this country, the press, and the political role of intellectuals. Timely, succinct, and instructive, this provocative book will force us to rethink our understanding of the drivers of political debate in the United States.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0226517292
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (9 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097E4N6W
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power/Knowledge in the USA 27 Oct 2012
By jjs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Medvetz's book is a fascinating sociological study of a new breed of organization: the "think tank." If the term itself is a bit ambiguous (are thinkers preparing for ground warfare? are they being displayed in a glass enclosure for the world to see?), this reflects the ambiguous position of these new organizations in the United States' "field of power." This really is one of the book's key take-home points. It shows that what distinguishes and enables the think-tank is its ability to bridge various other domains: the political, the journalistic, the academic, the economic, and so on. "Think Tanks in America" is thus, in essence, a study of how power, money, and expertise interact and intersect. Well-written and with a wealth of empirical data, it should serve as an essential text in the fields of political sociology and the sociology of knowledge for years to come.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 22 Mar 2013
By Joshua Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the most insightful and exciting book I've read on think tanks. Medvetz provides a whole new way of understanding this incredibly important topic. The book is well-written and very clear. It convincingly demonstrates why think tanks are so influential today. Think Tanks in America should be required reading for all policymakers.
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