Reconstructive Critics: Think Tanks in Post-Soviet Bloc Democracies

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The Urban Insitute, 1999 - Political Science - 267 pages
This book provides the first in-depth examination of the activities of think tanks in the former Soviet bloc. Drawing upon detailed fieldwork, including interviews with think tank personnel and senior policymakers in four countries, the author assesses their success in influencing policy and creating a citizenry that is better informed on key policy issues. Chapters include a general discussion of the policy research industry; a detailed profile of think tanks in Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Armenia; and analysis of their policy records in these countries. Most important, the author offers a set of specific, concrete proposals for what the donor community can do to strengthen the operations of think tanks in this rapidly changing region.
 

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Contents

Index 259
30
Drawing on the Experience of Western Think Tanks
39
A Profile of the Think Tank Industry in Four Countries
61
The Early Policy Record
91
The Role of the West
125
Looking to the Future
149
Appendixes
173
Policymakers Interviewed
179
Experts Interviewed
185
Creating the Institution
192
Staff and Areas of Work
210
F Analysis of Correlates of Success
243
Typology of Think Tanks in the Region
244
Figures
265
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