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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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A Tale of Two Think Tank Summits

José Luis Chicoma provides a comparative account of two recent think tank gatherings: the North American Think Tank Summit, held in Washington DC, and the G20 Think Tank Summit, held in Beijing. It offers excellent arguments in favour of intra and inter-regional collaboration and networking.

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Researching a murky subject: definitions, questions, and methods

On Think Tanks has launched an online conference on studying think tanks. This post reports on the pre-launch event in London in August 2015. It serves as a discussion article to inform the series of webinars and deals with the definition of think tanks, the questions that need to be asked about them, and the methods that could be used.

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Nesta’s Innovative Lab Global Map: is this a map of a new breed of think tanks?

In the run-up to the LabWorks 2015, Adam Price, form Nesta, has developed an online searchable global map to showcase over 80 public innovation labs working within government. What are public innovation labs and how do they related to think tanks?

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Women in think tanks series: lessons so far

The series on Women in Think Tanks has proven to be extremely successful. This post reflects on some of the lessons learned so far and outlines future actions that On Think Tanks will promote to pursue this agenda in the future.

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It works both ways: American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics

Till Bruckner reviews and presents highlights of a bestselling book in Germany written by journalist Udo Ulfkotte, which discusses the consequences of think tanks being funded by foreign governments.

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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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Gramsci and the literature on think tanks

In this post, Marcos Gonzalez explores how Gramsci's ideas have influenced the literature on think tanks and how we understand and work with them. He offers an explanation to why we tend to focus on the confrontational aspects of think tanks' roles.

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Book Review: How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, edited by James McGann, Jillian Rafferty, and Anna Viden

In this post, Marcos Gonzales Hernando provides a critical review of "How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies", edited by James McGann, Jillian Rafferty, and Anna Viden. He challenges the notion put forward by the editors, that think tanks can, in its own right, become a powerful force for social development and the strengthening of civil society; but welcomes the comparative literature and cases offered by the volume.

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A quick and dirty “Transparify-like” assessment of US think tanks

Think tank transparency promises to be one of the most important issues of 2015. In this post we present a DIY rating of some of the most popular US think tanks to accompany Transparify's own rating and annual report.

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