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New website highlights secretive world of think tank funding

Tweet Who Funds You? news release A new website launches today calling for think tanks and public policy campaigns to publish their annual income and name their major funders. For its pilot project, Who Funds You? – http://WhoFundsYou.org – asked … Continue reading

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The problem with think-tanks: An alternative model

Tweet I’ve described so far a number of fundamental problems that I believe prevent think-tanks being as effective as they could be, to be blunt, that prevent them being useful (in the big picture sense). There’s always a risk when … Continue reading

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The problem with think-tanks: Transparency

Tweet Running alongside issues of quality and independence discussed already here is transparency. This comes in to play at a number of levels for the think-tank but, in a broad sense, is the outside world’s way of establishing the veracity … Continue reading

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The problem with think-tanks: Independence

Tweet I’ve talked about the quality of the work produced, I now want to focus on the question of how independent a think-tank is – or isn’t (either in reality or perception). I don’t just mean the blatant ideological instrument … Continue reading

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The problem with think-tanks: Quality

Tweet My earlier discussion on the value of and necessity for different types of research brings me to the first problem that the current think-tank situation creates; quality. In academia there is a considerable amount of valueless, low quality research … Continue reading

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The problem with think-tanks: Introduction

Tweet I wrote recently in The Guardian about what I perceive to be a crisis in the political think-tanks. This crisis is ostensibly brought on by two factors, the first is the inevitable (but slow) tidal drift of ideology and … Continue reading

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