Think Tanks and Global Politics

Key Spaces in the Structure of Power

  • Alejandra Salas-Porras
  • Georgina Murray

About this book


This text provides a cutting edge analysis of the increasingly central role think tanks play in societies worldwide. Examining their control of global resources both in economic and political policy fields and their inroads into structures of power, it addresses key questions. How have think thanks reached these positions of power? Has the northern core produced neoliberal clones that have hydra-like colonised the globe? Who funds and controls these think tanks and for what purpose? How is policy making knowledge created? How are new policy ideas propagated and validated? How do think tanks become dominant sources of knowledge in public spheres including the media? Exploring the dynamics of think tank networks in specific regions and countries, this book considers the coalitions they generate to advance the social purpose they endorse and, in particular, the spaces they occupy in the structures and fields of power at the national, regional and global level.


Think tanks and public policy dissemination Resources of think tanks think tanks in structures of power propagation of policy ideas think tanks and political elites think tanks and the public sphere think tanks at national, regional and global level

Editors and affiliations

  • Alejandra Salas-Porras
    • 1
  • Georgina Murray
    • 2
  1. 1.National Autonomous University of MexicoMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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