Development Economics Through The Decades: A Critical Look At 30 Years Of The World Development Report / Education And Work: The World Of Work
by Prof. Dr. Rajah Rasiah and Prof. Dr. Nik Rosnah Wan Abdullah
Book Reviews International Journal of Institutions and Economies Vol. 1, No. 2, (2009), Pages 312-319
East and Southeast Asian think tanks are often described as small, new, multi-issue organisations that avoid offending central governments. To examine if these and other generalizations have predictive value, Malaysia was selected for systematic study. The country’s 19 non-university think tanks were found to be larger and more productive than the Asian stereotype and showed indications of becoming more independent. University-based policy research centres were also examined.
Scholars have recently expanded the working definition of think tanks to include these entities, but they have rarely been studied. Malaysian campuses were found to have 44 such policy-related institutes, most of them founded just since 2000, usually single-issue focused, operating with a large number of affiliated scholars, and already generating substantial citations and publications.
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