Are think tanks more about politics or policy?

For generations, think tanks have been a valuable resource for academic research and the launching pad for innovative solutions to the nation’s economic and social problems. But, contends the Christian Science Monitor, the last decade has witnessed a shift from policy development to political warfare. As think tanks have grown in number – from 45 in 1945 to 1,800 today), their influence has grown, as well has their involvement in politics.

“Today, while most think tanks continue to serve as homes for some academic-style scholarship regarding public policy, many have also come to play more active (if informal) roles in politics,” says David Marron, a guest blogger.

Marron cites a comprehensive article by the Hudson Institute’s Tevi Troy that delves further into the idea that think tanks have been devalued in the last few decades.

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