Revisiting the think-tank phenomenon

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This article revisits the discussion about what a think-tank is, what it does and how it does what it does. The article argues that the definition of what constitutes a think-tank should focus on the functions that it fulfils and not so much on the organizational form, as is the case with dominant perspectives. The article offers a revised think-tank definition and, as a second step, discusses a Gramsci-inspired critical approach to understanding the function of think-tanks and, third, adopts Marten Hajer’s discourse coalition concept to explain how think-tanks became effective as state-external agents of change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-435
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Revisiting the think-tank phenomenon. / Pautz, Hartwig.

In: Public Policy and Administration, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2011, p. 419-435.

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