Government and 'independent expertise' : think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis

Elke Heins, Hartwig Pautz

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Abstract

Drawing on recent research about UK think tanks, austerity and social policy, Hartwig Pautz and Elke Heins examine the relationship between government and the world of ‘independent expertise’. Focusing on one example, the Centre for Social Justice’s influence over Conservative ministers’ social policies, they find that some relationships are often very close. The public commentary provided by non-independent think tanks has become increasingly problematic, with print and broadcast media often re-presenting their views devoid of any recognition of strong partisan ties.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Publisher British Politics and Policy; London School of Economics
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2016

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