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A national ranking of influence: Chinese and American models

Sometimes we like rankings and sometimes we do not like rankings, here at On Think Tanks. We are not sure. They certainly get us all talking about think tanks, so maybe, that’s good enough. 656 more words

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At the End of the Day

George Carlin pointed out sixteen years ago that the way a culture uses words tells you a lot about it. As always, the Greatest 20th Century American was on the money. 1,314 more words

At The End Of The Day

Social scientists have a real opportunity to influence what politicians say in the run-up to the General Election

You may be despairing of some of the current evidence-free promises made by Government and Opposition. But there are ways for academic social scientists to rebut dodgy statements in the lead up to May, an Alliance for Useful Evidence… 1,042 more words

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Gramsci and the literature on think tanks

Of the many metaphors used to describe what think tanks do, few are as ubiquitous as the notion that they supply ammunition in the ‘battle of ideas’. 540 more words

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Towards a global agenda on think tank transparency

There is a growing consensus on the importance of think tanks in the quality of public policies and democratic institutions. In some contexts with dictatorships or precarious democratic systems think tanks have played a fundamental role in promoting values ​​of pluralism and generating spaces for the exchanges of ideas, foster collaboration between political tendencies and, in many cases, … 1,045 more words

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Stocktaking on Research Quality at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

Two weeks ago, the TTIX2015 took place in Istanbul and some initial reactions have already emerged. Enrique Mendizabal did an exercise of finding “the elephants in the rooms… 1,625 more words

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

Javier Portocarrero is the Executive Director for the Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES). He is an economics graduate from Universidad Católica del Perú, where he also studied sociology studies and completed his Master’s studies in economics. 4,464 more words

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