Policy Process: Nonprofit Institutions in the United States

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This article examines the development of expertise and policy knowledge from the late nineteenth century through today within the context of a strong antistatist tradition. The growth on nonprofit institutions, especially think tanks, emerged in the early twentieth century to bring nonpartisan expertise to public policy and government administration. In the post-World War II period, policy expertise became increasingly politicized but continues to play an essential role in public policy within the American system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • American Enterprise Institution
  • American Social Science Association
  • Brookings Institution
  • Budget systems
  • Civil service
  • Dorthea Dix
  • Efficiency and economy
  • Experts
  • Government administration
  • Nonprofits
  • Social welfare
  • Think tanks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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