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What Role Do Think Tanks Play in Shaping Public Policy and Public Discourse in the United States?

Please join the Wilson Center, author and senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, James McGann, and a panel of leading experts to discuss the role think tanks play in shaping public policy and discourse.

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Apr. 5, 2017
9:00am – 10:00am

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6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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What Role Do Think Tanks Play in Shaping Public Policy and Public Discourse in the United States?

Please join the Wilson Center, author and senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, James McGann, and a panel of leading experts to discuss the role think tanks play in shaping public policy and discourse.

In his latest book, The Fifth Estate: Think Tanks, Public Policy, and Governance, James G. McGann illustrates how policymakers have come to value the independent analysis and advice provided by think tanks and why it has become one of the defining characteristics of the American political system. Drawing on case studies in both foreign and domestic policy, McGann clarifies the correlation between think tank research and the policies enacted by the past three presidential administrations.

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