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Policy analysis in Germany$
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Sonja Blum and Klaus Schubert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306252

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.001.0001

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Think tanks: bridging beltway and ivory tower?

Think tanks: bridging beltway and ivory tower?

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(p.231) Sixteen Think tanks: bridging beltway and ivory tower?
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Policy analysis in Germany
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Sven Jochem

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.003.0016

This chapter examines the way in which German think tanks conducted their policy analyses over the past decades – and how successful they have been. On the empirical ground of four case studies it is shown that the dualism between academic policy-analyses and applied policy-analyses could be overcome by some think tanks. Some other think tanks, however, changed their strategy towards directly influencing the public debate, thereby successfully employing new media on the internet. It seems plausible to argue that the closer think tanks are coupled with the academic community and the more they depend on public funding, the more it seems to be granted that policy advices are academically substantiated.

Keywords:   Think Tanks, Academic Policy Analysis, Policy Advice, New Media, Public Funding

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