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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

Helping to level the field: The Think Tank Hub Geneva

The Think Tank Hub in Geneva is an initiative by the Swiss foreign policy think tank foraus and the Swiss Government to provide free office and meeting space for think tanks from developing countries. It can go a long way towards helping to level the playing field of international global policy influence.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Shebo Nalishebo on influencing policy on government debt in Zambia

Shebo Nalishebo, at ZIPAR in Zambia, talks about how a research project achieved policy influence and draws out some potential lessons for think tankers around the world.

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Do not dumb down you audience –or rather, how should think tanks affect policy chance?

How should think tanks influence policy? In a manner that strengthens other institutions and does not weaken them.

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Latin American Think Tank Summit in Argentina

CIPPEC presents this year's Latin American Think Tanks Summit in Buenos Aires. The agenda includes a mix between a focus on key policy issues for the region as well as a focus on think tanks themselves and the relationships between each other.

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Are Think Tanks Undermining Australian Democracy?

Are think tanks undermining democracy? In this post Dr Glenn Savage, Senior Lecturer in Education Policy, University of Melbourne, argues that they can. This is a reminder that achieving influence is not, and should not, be an end in itself.

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#TTmethods – Session 3: Quantitative Survey Analysis

This session explores an approach to study think-tanks that relies on quantitative methods –namely survey analysis– to understand these organisations in a manner that may allow for generalisations.

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Register for the 1st International Online Conference: Studying think tanks (September – October 2015)

This international online conference, possibly the first of its kind, aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the study of think tanks across the world. The sessions provide an opportunity to discuss research methods to further understand these organisations and their impact on politics and society more broadly. Sign-up to join the webinars as a participant.

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Who funds think tanks? An excellent tool to find out

The Foundation Center offers an excellent resource to track funding for think tanks across the world: The Foundation Map provides really exiting insights into the funding of think tanks (and other organisations) across the world.

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Insights into the relationship between think tanks and policymakers

CSTEP, in India, has published the 4th edition of their Aditi Bulletin. Aditi deals with a number of interesting issues related to think tanks from the perspective of the South Asian region. It also offers an interesting effort from a research centre in a developing country to study think tanks and their environment -something that On Think Tanks has always advocated for.

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The international think tank: 10 ways to raise your profile and become a global player

This post presents 10 ways to raise a think tank's international profiles and, eventually, become a global player. It provides approaches that range from very easy and cheap to very expensive and complex.

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