The Competition for Dollars, Scholars and Influence in the Public Policy Research Industry
The American political culture has created a vibrant marketplace of ideas that is populated by lobbyists, the media and public policy research organizations. The nature and evolution of public policy research organizations in the United States is explored in The Competition for Dollars, Scholars and Influence in the Public Policy Research Industry by James G. McGann. The book compares and contrasts the mission, structure and operating principles of some of the leading think tanks in the US. Institutions such as the Brookings Institution, the Rand Corporation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Urban Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Institute for International Economics and the Hoover Institution are profiled and analyzed to determine how their strategy and structure influences their role in the policy making process.
James McGann has written the first truly rigorous analysis of the fascinating but neglected world of policy formulation at U.S. "think tanks."—Thomas H. Henriksen, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution.