AP Initiative published “What is a Think Tank? : An Era of Policy Entrepreneurship” on March 25, 2019.
This book, written by AP Initiative Chairman Yoichi Funabashi in Japanese, describes the history and changing dynamics of think tanks, with a particular focus on U.S. think tanks.
Based on interviews to distinguished global think tankers and our Chairman’s first-hand experience, the book chapters explore the following themes; the history and development of think-tanks in the U.S and around the world; the challenges they face in the 21st century, namely growing populism, revival of great-power competition, the 4th Industrial revolution as well as emerging competitors against think-tanks in the ideas industry and the transformation of think-tanks in such a dynamic environment; the life and role of Policy Entrepreneurs.
This book also derives insights from the events and experiences explored in its chapters, and includes recommendations to Japan’s policy-making process and the whole think tanks community.