Understanding think tanks

Think tanks are a difficult subject of study. The definition of a think tank is a heavily contested issue and a topic for heated conversations. To understand what they are we must first understand their origins and evolution over time as well as their context and their relationship with it.

There articles offer an insight into think tanks, their relationships with each other and with other actors, and into the very different contexts in which they thrive around the world.

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The Open Think Tank Directory

By Jeff Knezovich

Over the last century, think tanks have been springing up all around the world. But this rapid proliferation has been difficult to track. Think tanks, by their nature, are ‘boundary’...

March 21, 2018

Is it all about credibility?

By Enrique Mendizabal

Over the years, the OTT team has become very familiar with the many dilemmas that think tanks face. I remember a lengthy conversation  about independence with research institutes in...

March 14, 2018

Bruegel’s commitment to gender balance

By Paola Maniga

International Women’s Day is the day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, to reflect on the progress made but also to call for change. It is...

March 8, 2018

Gender, knowledge and think tanks

By Josephine Tsui

In 2017, we were reminded of the dangers of not being gender-sensitive when conducting research. In a message that went viral, Alice Evans, a lecturer in international development at...

March 8, 2018
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