|OECD - Directorate for Public Governance (Regulatory Policy)|
|type of institution||international governmental body|
|Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties).||Behavioural economics in public governance|
The application of insights from behavioural economics is one of the foci of regulatory work of the OECD, but there exists no formalized department responsible. Its an integral part of the operations of the Directorate for Public Governance. Within the scope of behavioural policy the OECD published a series of studies and hosts conferences and workshops.
We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.