British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis

González Hernando, Marcos (2019) British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. London: Palgrave Macmillan


This book examines the intellectual and institutional transformations of four British think tanks in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. In the context of a crisis of expert authority, González Hernando demonstrates how these organisations modified their mode of public engagement to be seen as authoritative as possible by an ever more mistrustful public. 

British Think Tanks After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis connects sociological thinking on knowledge with research on policy change and the economic debate, through careful analysis of interviews, public accounts, and the ‘products’ of think tanks themselves. 

González Hernando argues that demands for knowledge and advice that arose after the crisis energised the work of all four think tanks while also exposing internal tensions, affecting their sources of funding, transforming their institutional structure, and shaping how they engage with their audiences. It will appeal to students and scholars of sociology of knowledge, political sociology, policy studies, economic history, communication, political economy, organisational sociology, and British politics.

– "This is an important and timely contribution to an area of public policy research that remains relatively under-developed. Think-tanks are increasingly significant actors in public policy and this book helps us to understand why."

Nick Pearce, Director of The Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath.

– "Through the lens of think tanks' responses to the 2008 crisis, this book shows how these broker organisations confronted growing public scepticism and political polarisation. It makes an important and original contribution to understanding the contemporary crisis of expertise in politics, and should be essential reading to both scholars and practitioners."

Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh.


Hardcover ISBN:  978-3-030-20369-6

eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-20370-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-20370-