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The variable used in the correlation with journalists and congressional staff comes from a survey that I conducted jointly with Burson Marsteller of the perceptions of think tanks, which I report on in Chapter 3. The variable representing the coding of ideological labels in newspaper stories comes from a study of the portrayal of think tanks in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal in the early and mid-1990s. I report on that analysis in Chapter 3 as well. This was the rate of growth of new think tanks between 1985 and 1995.

This is all too often becoming par for the course. When successful, many of the most aggressive, marketing-oriented think tanks are consequential at precisely the point in the policy process when substantive influence is least possible. More substantive success might accrue from research directed at efforts that occur while problems are being defined and issues are germinating. 46 But this insight does not seem to have guided the behavior of many think tanks, at least not in the past quarter-century.

0 percent) were founded after 1970. And not surprisingly, research scope is positively correlated with budget size. 7 percent) have budgets of less than $1 million. 0 percent) have budgets in excess of $5 million. table 1-1a. 0% (13) 25 18 The Political Demography of Think Tanks table 1-1b. 4% (9) 79 Among state and regionally focused think tanks (Table 1-1b), there are no substantial differences in the budget sizes of full-service versus singleor multi-issue think tanks. State-focused think tanks are on average much smaller than nationally focused organizations, as noted earlier.

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