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Organizational Identity of Think Tank(er)s: A Growing Elite Group in Swedish Civil Society
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Centre for Civil Society Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0207-6255
Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
Stockholms universitet.
2020 (English)In: Politics and Governance, E-ISSN 2183-2463, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 142-151Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Think tanks, defined as organizations that produce policy research for political purposes (McGann, 2007; Medvetz, 2008),are an increasingly ubiquitous type of policy actor world-wide. In Sweden, the last 20 years’ sharp increase in think tanknumbers (Åberg, Einarsson, & Reuter, 2019) has coincided with the decline of the traditional Swedish corporatist modelbased on the intimate involvement of the so-called ‘popular movements’ in policy-making (Lundberg, 2014; Micheletti,1995). Contrary to the large, mass-membership based and democratically organized movement organizations, think tanksare small, professionalized, expert-based, and seldom represent any larger membership base. Their increasingly important role as the ideological greenhouses in Swedish civil society might, therefore, be interpreted as an indication of anincreasingly elitist and professionalized character of the latter. But what is a think tank? The article explores how a sharedunderstanding of what constitutes a think tank is constructed by think-tankers themselves. In the study, interviewed thinktank executives and top-level staff reflect upon their own organizations’ missions and place in the Swedish policy system.

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2020. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 142-151
Keywords [en]
Public administration, Sociology and political science, Civil society, Elites, Social movements, Sweden, Think tanks
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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The Individual in the Welfare Society, Social Welfare and the Civil Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-9206DOI: 10.17645/pag.v8i3.3086ISI: 000566736400007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-9206DiVA, id: diva2:1602559
Available from: 2021-10-13 Created: 2021-10-13 Last updated: 2023-02-17Bibliographically approved

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