Who is talking to who? Think-tank networks

In: Review

18 Jun 2014

Which institutions and people do British think-tanks ‘talk to’ to turn
their policy ideas into influence on domestic policy? Who do they
collaborate with? What form does such communication and collaboration
take? Does it extend to organisations outside the UK at all? Hartwig
Pautz’ article attempts to give answers to these questions by using
data from a survey which he undertook in 2012. The data suggests that
while British think-tanks communicate and co-operate intensively with
some actors within the UK, contacts and cooperation with organisations
outside the UK are rather lacklustre. Particular actors are more
important for advocacy think-tanks than they are for academic
think-tanks; some actors have very little importance for either type.
Pautz cautiously presents his data as another insight into the British
think-tank landscape without claiming that his findings can be

Pautz, Hartwig. (2014) British Think-Tanks and Their Collaborative and
Communicative Networks. Politics. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9256.12056


Dieter Plehwe

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Think Tanks have become influential organizations both in expert circles and in public media. Social scientific research on think tanks at the same time has remained underdeveloped, and is not currently up to the task of adequately capturing and explaining the think tank phenomenon. The Think Tank Network Initiative has been founded to meet this challenge and to narrow the gap.

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