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British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis


  • Updates research on think tanks in the UK in the context of public debates on fiscal, monetary, and social policy between 2007-2013

  • Explores ‘post-truth politics’ and the challenges organisations face when attempting to convince a mistrustful public of the authoritativeness of their work

  • Provides a comparative analysis of think tanks across the political spectrum

  • Includes a foreword by Professor Diane Stone, a world-leading expert on the study of think tanks.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Marcos González Hernando
    Pages 33-68
  3. Marcos González Hernando
    Pages 69-106
  4. Marcos González Hernando
    Pages 107-145
  5. Marcos González Hernando
    Pages 191-232
  6. Marcos González Hernando
    Pages 233-253
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-295

About this book


This book examines the intellectual and institutional transformations of four British think tanks in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. In the context of a crisis of expert authority, González Hernando demonstrates how these organisations modified their mode of public engagement to be seen as authoritative as possible by an ever more mistrustful public. 

British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis connects sociological thinking on knowledge with research on policy change and the economic debate, through careful analysis of interviews, public accounts, and the ‘products’ of think tanks themselves. 

González Hernando argues that demands for knowledge and advice that arose after the crisis energised the work of all four think tanks while also exposing internal tensions, affecting their sources of funding, transforming their institutional structure, and shaping how they engage with their audiences. It will appeal to students and scholars of sociology of knowledge, political sociology, policy studies, economic history, communication, political economy, organisational sociology, and British politics


Think tanks 2008 Global Financial Crisis Organisational Change Sociology of Knowledge experts policymakers Organisational Change intellectuals policy change social policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

About the authors

Marcos González Hernando is Affiliated Researcher at the University of Cambridge, Senior Researcher at Think Tank for Action on Social Change (TASC), and Managing Editor at Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory.

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