Policy Analysis and Think Tanks in Comparative Perspective

Authored by: Diane Stone , Stella Ladi

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138959774
eBook ISBN: 9781315660561
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The term think tank is one that has been subject to many attempts at definition but there is no settled or agreed meaning. In large part this is due to the significant cross-national differences in the historical development, legal constitution, organizational size and socio-political status of think tanks. The term itself has become problematic as it ‘is a verbal container which accommodates a heterogeneous set of meanings’ (’tHart & Vromen, 2008, p. 135).

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