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Think Tank Effectiveness – An outsider view

Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, offers a fresh take at think tank effectiveness. She outlines a number of factors that may help describe and understand think tank effectiveness. She draws comparisons (sometimes possible, sometimes not) from the private sector offering interesting insights into how to assess think tanks value.

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More on think tanks in India, what are they like?

Clara Richards writes about think tanks in India based on a study of economic think tanks in BRICS countries. She finds an interesting and changing environment that presents both challenges and opportunities for think tanks. in light of the new President's call for more and better think tanks, how ready are they?

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What think tanks do? A view from India

Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, writes about the functions and main activities of think tanks. This is the second of a series of three posts written for the Aiditi project at CSTEP, which aims to capture information, anecdotes and data from various Think Tanks.

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A Think Tank History: A view from India

In this post (the first of three) Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, writes about the history of think tanks and in India in particular. She sets the scene for a more in-depth analysis of think tank's functions in a future post. It is part of a series of articles commissioned by the Aiditi project at CSTEP which aims to capture information/ anecdotes/data from various Think Tanks.

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More research and less activism for think tanks in India

In this post, Samar Verma and Anshu Bharadwaj. They outline several of the challenges that think tanks in India face but also make a new and important argument. Efforts like the Think Tank initiative, the Think Tank Fund and the Knowledge Sector Initiative are not just relevant for other international think tanks funders. They offer countries like India possible models to support their own think tank communities.

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Think tanks are on the agenda in India: Skills, Scale and Speed

Think tanks find it difficult to fundraise in developing countries. Outside of the usual international development agencies, few domestic private funders exist. The new Indian Government offers new arguments in favour of funding think tanks that should be considered by think tanks and their supporters alike. If it is good for India (and China) ...

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A case and a role for think tanks: India and Pakistan peace dialogue

Think tanks can be very valuable convenors of dialogue between parties that would otherwise not find it possible to meet and discuss common interests. This example from Kashmir illustrates this important role.

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Educate the public: a forgotten function for think tanks?

Think tanks can be used to reach out to the middle classes and the general public, too. It is not just a matter of influencing high level policies and policymakers. This education function, however, could be achieved by supporting the development of a more diverse and dynamic research and policy community.

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An alternative to funding domestic think tanks: bring out the big guns

Should we worry about US think tanks opening offices in developing countries or emerging economies? While the model could present unfair competition to smaller domestic think tanks it can also have positive effects by encouraging new domestic philanthropy and developing research quality.

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A new BRICS think tank network

The rise of the BRICS bloc in the last decade, since its conception as an economic group by Goldman Sachs in 2001 as a counterbalance to G7 countries in the world scene, has seen a growing cooperation between its members (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and, as a country added in later years, South Africa), specially on economic and diplomatic grounds, as well as the building of an institutional framework, having already held four summits, the last one in March in New Delhi. There is more trade within the bloc, estimated to reach USD 500 billion in 2015, and the contact between their governments is ever growing. However, BRICS countries have big differences, among them their political and cultural values, the composition of their economic structures and outreach, and, above all, the lack of a common history (with exception of some bilateral relations). Nonetheless, even if links between these countries are questionable, the group has been consolidating for the last five years.

The recent publication of The BRICS Report, on the occasion of the last summit, calls for a harmonisation of economic and diplomatic policies, as well as for forging stronger links between the five countries. In the Sanya summit in 2011, the declaration included the need of research cooperation, and the formation of meeting groups for think tanks. In November 2011, the BRICS Trade & Economic Research Network was launched in Shanghai by five think tanks:

Although all five of them are focused on different subjects in their own countries, in this agreement they have focused on three objectives related to trade and economics:

  • Promotion of fair markets,
  • Inclusive growth, and
  • Sustainable development.

As reported in their strategy paper, their work will consist of publications, policy research and advocacy, as well as highlighting the role of government funding for the growth of their activities. It is clear that trade tariffs and conditions are a key matter for the BRICS countries, as they face protectionist measures from developed countries in sectors like agriculture or manufacturing, where they are actually more competitive. These agreements for a BRICS research group were confirmed in the New Delhi summit this year, where talks about greater public policy research where on the agenda.

There are other efforts that look for a common BRICS policy and commitment to its development inside those countries has been getting ever stronger. In Brazil, the BRICS Policy Center (BPC), founded by PUC-Rio and the City of Rio de Janeiro, is dedicated to BRICS studies by means of analysis, further cooperation between the governments, and cooperation between their societies. The BPC receives visitor researchers and fellows from the other BRICS countries and they have a very active agenda on economic, commercial, political and cultural subjects, publishing research papers, organising conferences, monitoring work, etc.

This is an interesting transnational initiative in which think tanks have been given a key role by their respective governments. Do think tank networks in other regions play similar roles?

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