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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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FUSADES and 2012 elections in El Salvador: electoral reforms and promotion of the exercise of suffrage

This post is part of a series on think tanks and elections around the world. FUSADES had a decade of studies and proposals to strengthen the system of representation and the building of a qualified institutional democracy in El Salvador. In 2012, FUSADES designed and implemented a project of civic education and research of the impact of a new electoral reform in order to collaborate in the voting exercise, the understand the new approach and analyse the election results.

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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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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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Introduction to the series on think tanks and context

Context matters when it comes to think tanks. That much we know. But how does it affect think tanks exactly and what can they do about it? This new series of think tanks and their context edited by by Elizabeth Brown, Aprille Knox, and Courtney Tommie.

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A national ranking of influence: Chinese and American models

Two think tank rankings have been published recently: one for Chinese think tanks and one for US think tanks. Both have been developed by think tanks themselves and both have attempted to be as context specific and objective as possible. While they use different methods they offer an excellent opportunity for comparative research on think tanks.

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Towards a global agenda on think tank transparency

Calling think tanks to join a new initiative to promote think tank transparency around the world: After hard deliberation a group of think tank leaders and thinkers have developed a call to action for think tank transparency. If you want to learn more about it and join the effort, read along and add you name!

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director, CIES (Peru)

In this interview, Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director of CIES in Peru tells us about his own experience, the challenges he has faced on the job, and his achievements. He views that Peruvian think tanks' face an important funding challenge: foreign funding is rapidly shrinking. The interview is also in Spanish.

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