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‪Think tanks are hybrid organizational forms defined mainly through activities such as the writing and editing of strategic documents including reports and position papers. These documents are intended to weigh upon law making processes and thus to influence laws which are by essence, prescriptive. The ultimate goal of think tanks is in effect to influence decision-making processes. This article presents the results of an ethnographic study of the Montaigne Institute, a leading French think tank. We analyse three key lobbying reports in favor of French mutual companies and cooperatives, produced by a working group of the Institute. The prescriptive dimension of these documents is expressed euphemistically, by means of a collective authorial stance and unexpected figures of the implied reader/recipient‪‪.‪

  • decision-making process
  • think tank
  • lobbying
  • authorial stance
  • editing
  • mutual company
  • position paper
Lucile Desmoulins
Émeline Seignobos
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