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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (9 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226517292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226517292
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,375,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thomas Medvetz does us a huge service by analyzing the development of policy expertise, its shifting institutional locations, and the impact of both on academic social science and public affairs. This is an important book on an important issue. (Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science)"

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Thomas Medvetz is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

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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.
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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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