|address||55 Tufton Street,, London SW1P 3QL|
|founder||Norman Blackwell, Ruth Lea, Ian Milne|
|Networks||Stockholm Network, Think Tank|
|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).||Climate Change Skeptics|
|Presence of Think Tank affiliates in the various fieldsWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows in which fields the affiliates are present. Every presence is counted once.|
|People n = 5|
|Presences n = 66|
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Think Tank,13 Business,16 Media,17 Politics,4 Academia,14 NGO,2 </pPie>
|Kind of activities of Think Tank affiliatesWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows which kind of activities the affiliates conduct. Every presence is counted once.|
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Author,29 Leader (CEO etc.),5 Consultant,15 Editor,1 Interviewee,2 Member,7 Participant,0 Lecturer,5 Employee,2 </pPie>
Organizational Structure and Funding
55 Tufton Street,, London SW1P 3QL
People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).
People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)
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.
What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.
- Dismissal of anthropogenic climate change (Climate Change Skeptics): Ruth Lea relaunched Global Vision 04/2013 <http://www.global-vision.net/1/post/2013/11/relaunch-of-global-vision.html>, site contains only informations since then. Ruth Lea is opposed to the promotion of wind energy and proposes the expansion of nuclear capacities and of combined cycle power plants. <http://leablog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/09/britains-unaffordable-energy-policy-and-the-folly-of-wind-power-there-has-been-much-speculation-this-weeks-cabinet-res.html>. Lea views the recent climate change as within the natural an to be expected variation <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2937837/Personal-view-The-idea-everyone-agrees-on-climate-change-is-a-fallacy.html>. Participated in the campaign "Repeal the Climate Change Act" <http://www.repealtheact.org.uk/climate-change-act>: "Ruth Lea, former Economic Adviser and Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group and Director of Global Vision. She was a Governor of the London School of Economics. Ruth will speak on the impact of the Climate Change Act (including the Renewables Directive) on energy prices, manufacturing and business." (Together with acc-sceptics: Ian Plimer & Donna Fromboise