On think tank “independence”: who is funding what, and for which purpose?

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10 Sep 2014

Thomas Medvetz has written a powerful comment on a recent NYT times article, which reported on how foreign governments use think tanks in Washington for lobby purposes. Medvetz points to other private industry funding for lobbying through think tanks in the United States and to the necessary complicity of journalists in this process. Remains to point to the use of think tanks in European and other countries for U.S. government and private sector lobby purposes (e.g. the financing of climate change scepticism in Europe by Exxon Mobile or the recent offer of T-TIP small grants by the U.S. Embassy).

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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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