The cultural logics in the field of scientific policy advice in France. Analyzing the justifications in the organizational identity of think tanks

Thomas Laux (2018)

Working Paper n°139, Paris: MSH.

Abstract. The number of think tanks in environmental and energy policies has rapidly grown since the 1990s in France. The study analyzes the ways think tanks legitimate themselves and how they qualify their expertise in order to explore the field of scientific policy advice in environmental and energy policies. Based on the analysis of 59 mission statements, the study shows that six of Boltanski and Thévenot’s orders of worth are used to gain legitimacy and to characterize the expertise of the think tanks. The inspired and the ecological order of worth take up the greatest share in the mission statements.

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