The Hudson Institute reports:
“Over the past half-century, think tanks have come to play a central role in policy development – and even in the surrounding political combat. Over that period, however, the balance between these two functions – policy development and political combat – has been steadily shifting. 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. . . . Every incentive – political, financial, and professional – points toward the further politicization of think tanks.”
So wrote Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Tevi Troy in a recent article in the Winter 2012 issue of National Affairs, arguing that American think tanks are becoming less incubators of thoughtful policy ideas than political combat vehicles.
Please join us on February 16th for an engaging panel discussion on this issue, featuring Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress; Tevi Troy of Hudson Institute; the Heritage Foundation's Michael Franc; and Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Insitute. Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Christopher DeMuth will moderate the discussion. Lunch will be served.