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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Pamela Nakamba Kabaso, Executive Director, ZIPAR


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On Think Tanks Conference in South Africa


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The 2019 On Think Tanks Conference


The 2019 OTT Conference brought together thinktankers, think tank scholars, policy entrepreneurs and think tanks funders from around the world to share experiences, present their research, co-develop solutions to...

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Free webinar: New challenges for think tanks

This webinar will present a series of new challenges that think tanks face in their daily work to inform policy making processes. We will consider reaching wider audiences (such as more general publics, social...

May 16, 2019