Political Science 311: Advocacy and Influences

Professor: Cathy Johnson
Fall 2017

Think Tanks

A think tank is "an organization, institute, corporation, or group that conducts research and engages in advocacy in public policy." (Sourcewatch.org)

When using information from a think tank:

  • Consider the biases that think tanks may be bringing to the discussion. 
  • Learn about the think tank by looking at its major contributors and staff. 
  • Use SourceWatch or Wikipedia to better understand the point of view the think tank may have.

Think Tank Search

Think Tank Search is a custom Google search of more than 450 think tank websites selected by The Harvard Kennedy School of Government Library. See their website for information on the inclusion policy and links to U.S. and international think tank websites.

Interest Groups and Money

Public Opinion