"As the editors of this comprehensive volume emphasize, ideas matter—but so does their relevance. That's why it's inspiring to see so many great thinkers from around the world using policy research in practical ways to solve real world problems."—Linda Frey, Executive Director, Open Government PartnershipAcross the globe, there are more than four thousand policy institutes, or think tanks, that research or advocate for economic and social development. Yet the relationship between these organizations and the policies they influence is not well understood. How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to provide a detailed understanding of how think tanks can have an impact on issues such as education policy, infrastructure, environment and sustainable development, economic reform, poverty alleviation, agricultural and land development, and social policy.
"A fascinating, well-researched, and worthwhile analysis."—Pia Bungarten, Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Each chapter provides an overview of the approaches and organizational structures of specific think tanks, as well as the political, economic, and social opportunities and the challenges of the environments in which they operate. The contributors study the stages of innovative think-tank-aided strategies implemented in highly industrialized world powers like the United States and Russia, emerging countries such as China, India, Brazil, and South Korea, and developing nations that include Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Accompanied by an extensive introduction to contextualize the history and theory of policy institutes, this comprehensive comparison of policy success stories will be instructive and transferable to other think tanks around the globe.
Contributors: Assefa Admassie, Celso Castro, Kristina Costa, Francisco Cravioto, Marek Dabrowski, Matt Dann, He Fan, Rajeev Gowda, Oh-Seok Hyun, Christian Koch, Jitinder Kohli, R. Andreas Kraemer, Elena Lazarou, William Lyakurwa, Ashwin Mahesh, Florencia Mezzadra, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Sridhar Pabbisetty, Miguel Pulido, Marco Aurelio Ruediger, María Belén Sánchez, Dmitri Trenin, Samuel Wangwe, Vanesa Weyrauch, Maria Monica Wihardja, Rebecca Winthrop, Wang Xiaoyi.
James G. McGann is Assistant Director of the International Relations Program and Director of the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also author of several books, most recently Democratization and Market Reform in Developing and Transitional Countries: Think Tanks as Catalysts.
Anna Viden is lecturer in international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on U.S.-Saudi relations and U.S. Mideast policy in general.
Jillian Rafferty was formerly editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and currently works as Program Coordinator for the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.