Books and Monographs

Listed below are the titles and abstracts of books, articles, and working papers produced by the TTCSP. Many are available for immediate delivery in .pdf format by request. Published books and papers are noted and may be available for download through the publisher's website by clicking the links below. Note that some journals require a subscription in order to download papers. For the remaining papers, please contact the TTCSP.

Forthcoming Publications:

Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and the Emerging Powers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
This book aims to understand the changing role of think tanks in a sample of states with growing relevance in international affairs. The contributing authors present twelve case studies that explore how security and international affairs think tanks in emerging powers collaborate with their policymakers to meet current and anticipate future foreign policy and security challenges. These case studies include examples from Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam. The authors identify and explicate the unique foreign policy challenges that these emerging powers face, as well as the strategies and programs that have been developed to effectively respond to these policy issues.

Trends and Transition in Security Expertise from Deterrence to Climate Change and Back Again (Routledge Spring/Summer 2017)
The scope of Security and International Affairs (SIA) research has expanded tremendously since the end of the Cold War to include topics beyond the realm of war studies or military statecraft. A field once devoted solely to the study of conventional military and nuclear security issues has diversified to include foci often considered nontraditional, including peace and conflict, political, economic, environmental, and human security. 
In this exciting new volume, McGann has undertaken a quantitative and qualitative study of SIA think tanks, looking at global and regional trends in their research. He argues that the end of the Cold War marked a fundamental shift within the field of defense and security studies among think tanks and academics. Tracking the evolution of security as understood by researchers and policymakers is vital as the world follows the path of the “Four Mores”: more issues, more actors, more competition, and more conflict. As we move forward into a world of rapid change and ubiquitous uncertainty, think tanks will only become more prominent and influential. This will be an important resource for students and scholars of security studies, global governance, and think tanks.

Think Tanks and SDGs Catalysts for Analysis, Innovation and Implementation (University of Pennsylvania, 2015)
Think tanks have the ability to play a key role in the ongoing discourse by providing analysis and advice on the effects of SDGs and the best means to execute them. Think tanks can provide a vital link and mediating role between civil society, governments, and intergovernmental organizations that will constitute the main contributors to SDG implementation. This book explores these issues further by documenting the role think tanks are playing in engaging the public and policymakers on the SDGs as well as specific strategies and programs they have developed to help implement them.

Previous Publications:

How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)
Across the globe, there are more than four thousand policy institutes, or think tanks, that research or advocate for economic and social development. Yet the relationship between these organizations and the policies they influence is not well understood. How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to provide a detailed understanding of how think tanks can have an impact on issues such as education policy, infrastructure, environment and sustainable development, economic reform, poverty alleviation, agricultural and land development, and social policy.

“Think Tanks and Global Policy Networks,” chapter in edited volume, International Organization and Global Governance (Routledge, 2013)
Featuring a diverse and impressive array of authors, this volume is the most comprehensive textbook available for all interested in international organization and global governance. Organized around a concern with how the world is and could be governed, the book offers: in-depth and accessible coverage of the history and theories of international organization and global governance; discussions of the full range of state, intergovernmental, and nonstate actors; and examinations of key issues in all aspects of contemporary global governance. 

Global Think Tanks, Policy Networks and Governance (Routledge, 2013)
Global Think Tanks provides a clear description of and context for the global proliferation of think tanks. Whilst these institutions are still relatively new players in global and national politics, they are becoming a significant source of strength in an increasingly transnational and less Western-led world. This work presents an important guide to the factors contributing to the proliferation of think tanks, the present nature of this proliferation, and the future of think tanks at the global, regional, and national level. The book:

  • Identifies the forces driving these phenomena by addressing some of the historical and current factors that have dominate policy debates around the world
  • Attempts to identify the range of existing global think tanks and a representative group of global public policy networks and conduct detailed profiling of these organizations.extrapolate trends in current think tank research that provide a basis for understanding the impact that think tanks have on policy makers
  • Identifies and critique the role of global think tanks and global public policy networks in civil society and analyze the challenges and opportunities facing global think tanks and policy networks.
  • Seeks to recommend improvements to think tanks and global public policy networks so that they can continue to contribute to global public policy and serve as a catalyst for civic engagement around the world

Democratization and Market Reform in Developing and Transitional Countries Think Tanks as Catalysts (Routledge 2010)
This book explores the pivotal role of think tanks in the democratization and economic reform movements by evaluating their overall effect on the transformation process in developing and transitional countries around the world. James G. McGann assesses twenty-three think tanks, located in nine countries and four regions of the world: Chile, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Botswana, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, that have most impacted political and economic transitions in their respective countries. The author examines the role they played in the process of democratization and market reform during the late 80s and 90s and identifies the importance of think tanks in these processes by evaluating their overall effect on the policymaking process. He argues in the early stages of a transition from an authoritarian regime to an open and democratic society the activities of think tanks are especially critical, and they have provided a civil society safety net to support these fragile democracies. 

Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the US: Academics, Advisors and Advocates (Routledge, 2006)
The book, Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the US: Academics, Advisors and Advocates, examines the role of independent, nonprofit research organizations, or think tanks, in US policy debates, charting their early origins and the current impact of their research and analysis on the policy making process. The purpose of the book is to capture the distinctive nature of 30 leading think tanks in America while capturing the political and intellectual ecology of more than 1500 think tanks in the US. Many changes have taken place since I first wrote about think tanks 15 years ago in The Competition for Dollars, Scholars and Influence in the Public Policy Research Industry and some recent developments have distorted the original promise and purpose of public policy research organizations. The book is intended to chronicle and analyze these changes while exploring the impact think tanks have on politics, public policies and governance in the US.  Presidents from 15 leading think tanks in the US have contributed essays for the book that examine the role, value and impact of these organizations.  

Comparative Think Tanks, Politics and Public Policy (Edward Elgar, 2005)
Independent institutes conducting policy research, analysis and public dialogue, or “think tanks” as they are more commonly known, are one of the leading catalysts for ideas and action in civil societies around the world. Examining the role of think tanks in the policy formulation process, this groundbreaking study provides the first systematically comparative and methodologically rigorous map of such organizations and the social, political, legal and economic conditions that shape their work. 

Think Tanks and Civil Societies: Catalysts for Ideas and Action (Transaction, 2000)
Think tanks build the intellectual infrastructure for decision makers, offering research, analysis, forecasts, and recommendations on a wide range of issues--hunger, disarmament, urban planning, monetary policy, the environment. Just who does all this thinking in think tanks?
In Think Tanks and Civil Societies: Catalysts for Ideas and Action, scholars James G. McGann and R. Kent Weaver collect the insights of the world's leading think-tank researchers in a comprehensive look at the role of policy analysts and advocacy organizations in international decision-making.

The Competition for Dollars, Scholars and Influence in the Public Policy Research Industry (University Press of America/ Rowman & Littlefield, 1995)
The American political culture has created a vibrant marketplace of ideas that is populated by lobbyists, the media and public policy research organizations. The nature and evolution of public policy research organizations in the United States is explored in The Competition for Dollars, Scholars and Influence in the Public Policy Research Industry by James G. McGann. The book compares and contrasts the mission, structure and operating principles of some of the leading think tanks in the US. Institutions such as the Brookings Institution, the Rand Corporation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Urban Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Institute for International Economics and the Hoover Institution are profiled and analyzed to determine how their strategy and structure influences their role in the policy making process.