Plenum der Ökonomen

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Plenum der Ökonomen
founded in the year 2010
City Hamburg
Country Germany
founder Bernd Lucke
type of institution defunct, academic
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). Neue Rechte
Last revision 30.05.2017

The organization is not active anymore and the website defunct. The Handelsblatt reported in 2014 about the withdrawal of prominent members from the initiative[1]. Reports on the dissolution can't be find possibly out of lack of newsworthiness.

Organizational Structure and Funding


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


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