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Think tanks are often thought of as a uniquely US phenomenon. Although the largest concentration of think tanks is in the United States they can be found in virtually every country. Often over- looked Canadas think tanks represent a highly diverse and eclectic group of public policy organi- zations such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives the C.D. Howe Institute the Fraser Institute and the Mowat Centre among others. In Northern Lights Donald Abelson explores the rise of think tanks in Canada and addresses many of the most commonly asked questions about how and under what circumstances they are able to affect public opinion and public policy. He identies the ways in which Canadian think tanks often prioritize political advocacy over policy research and seeks to explain why these organizations are well-suited and equipped to shape the discourse around key policy issues. The rst comprehensive examination of think tanks in Canada Northern Lights is both a primer for those looking to understand the role and function of think tanks in the policy-making process and a guide to the leading policy institutes in the country. Donald E. Abelson is professor and chair of politi- cal science at the University of Western Ontario and the author of A Capitol Idea Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy and Do Think Tanks Matter Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. 7 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 P O L I T I C A L S C I E N C E P U B L I C P O L I C Y Northern Lights Exploring Canadas Think Tank Landscape donald e. abelson An exploration of the rise of think tanks in Canada and the position they occupy in the countrys political landscape. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S November 2016 978-0-7735-4764-3 32.95A CDN 32.95A US 24.99 paper 978-0-7735-4763-6 110.00S CDN 110.00S US 84.00 cloth 6 x 9 384pp 14 tables 24 diagrams Ebook available