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Posts from the ‘Research’ Category

Unravelling the business models of think tanks in Latin America and Indonesia

The business model is an essential part of think tanks sustainability. In this post Ashari Cahyo Edi and Leandro Echt, outline a research project aimed at understanding what are the key aspects that characterise effective business models in think tanks in Indonesia and Latin America.

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The EU think tanks’s tweetosphere

On this second post of the series on Think Tanks and Twitter, Luca Barani uses Twitter Analytics to investigate which are the most powerful EU think tanks on Twitter. He analyses their activity, number of followers, offers insight on their effectiveness and trust, as well as their level of influence.

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How established is EU Think Tanks’ use of Twitter to broadcast their policy messages?

This is the first post from a series on Think Tanks and Twitter, by Luca Barani. The series focuses on the main challenges and opportunities Think Tanks face when addressing their ideas through social media. In this post, a comparison is made between the outreach of the tweetosphere EU think tanks compared to US-based think tanks and other countries such as Canada and the UK.

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Women in Think Tanks: Thinking about gender and equal opportunity in think tanks

This is the first post of the new On Think Tanks series on Women in Think Tanks edited by Meghan Froehner. In this introductory post, Meghan outlines the series and talks about how her own experience has been reflected by this issue. She sums up with an introduction of the contributors and the themes they will discuss. This series will be updated weekly, so expect more posts coming soon.

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Bourdieu and the literature on think tanks

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) is, without a doubt, amongst the most influential sociologists of the 20th century. His work spanned topics as diverse as education, academia, marginality, the formation of taste, media, television, masculine domination and economics. Marcos Gonzalez Hernando explains how his work has influenced the study of think tanks.

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What is the upshot from our meditation on context as it relates to think tanks?

This last post on the effect of context on think tanks presents a way forward from the research. Elizabeth Brown offers a framework and a series of questions that think tanks can use to manage key decisions strategically.

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Context matters: so what?

This fourth post in the series she tries to narrow down the by now universal truism that "context matters". Courtney Tolmie challenges the statement that context matters by asking: so what? What about it is it that matters?

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On Think Tanks is updating its Topic Pages

Topic pages are a useful tool for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of a particular subject this blog has worked on. This week we'll be working on improving and expanding them, as well as keeping thoroughly updated. Expect news from this at the end of next week. Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.

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What is a think tank’s endogenous capacity and why does it matter?

In this third post in the series of think tanks and their context, April Knox asks how think tanks can leverage their won endogenous capacities for impact. She outlines a number of strategies that think tanks can follow, including: collaboration, building their credibility, ensuring research quality, communicating strategically, and others.

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What is the state of research on think tanks and context?

This is the second post in a series looking at think tanks and their contexts. Elizabeth Brown outlines the methodological details of a study undertaken by Results for Development and the University of Washington addressing a crucial question: how to study think tanks and their context?

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