Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program

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Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Abbreviation TTCSP
Motto "Helping to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy."
Formation 1989
Director
James G. McGann
Parent organization
Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Website repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) is a non-profit program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. TTCSP was established at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 1989.[1] The director is James McGann.[2][3] The program conducts research on policy institutes around the world,[4] and maintains a database of approximately 6,300 think tanks from across the world.[5]

Program history

The TTCSP was established at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 1989. It began with its focus on think tanks in the US. In the 1990s the Program became increasingly global as a result of the political and economic transformation that took place in Central and Eastern Europe.[6] R. Kent Weaver[7] of the Brookings Institution and James McGann of the Foreign Policy Research Institute were asked to help conceptualize what became the Global Development Network, a World Bank sponsored conference in Barcelona, Spain.[8] This resulted in the publication Think Tanks and Civil Societies: Catalysts for Ideas and Action in 2000.[9] In 2008, the TTCSP moved to the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Global Go To Think Tank Index

McGann and the Program publish the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index.[10] As of 2010, the Index is based on a three-phase survey whose participants include politicians, scientists, think tank donors, and think tanks.[11]

References

  1. ^ Foreign Policy Research Institute, "Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program", 2001-2010, "Source 1", 6 July 2010
  2. ^ "James G. McGann - Foreign Policy Research Institute". Foreign Policy Research Institute. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Bennett, Amanda (5 October 2015). "Are think tanks obsolete?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program | About Us". gotothinktank.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  5. ^ International Relations @ UPenn, "2009 Global Rankings of Think Tanks", 2010, "Source 7", 6 July 2010
  6. ^ Foreign Policy Research Institute, "Selected List of Publications", 2001-2010, "Source 5", 6 July 2010
  7. ^ Brookings Institution, "R. Kent Weaver", 2010, "Source 3 Archived 15 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.", 6 July 2010
  8. ^ Global Development Network, "Global Development Network (GDN): Background and History", 2010, "Source 4", 6 July 2010
  9. ^ Foreign Policy Research Institute, "Selected List of Publications", 2001-2010, "Source 5", 6 July 2010
  10. ^ "A&M think tank aims to solve state issues". Houston Chronicle. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  11. ^ Seiler, Christian, and Klaus Wohlrabe. "A critique of the 2009 global 'Go-to Think Tanks' ranking." CESifo DICE Report 8.2 (2010): 60.

External links

  • Think Tanks and Civil Societies Website
  • [1] - provides information on the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), including scholar bios and works published.
  • [2] - provides information on the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, including history and background, program goals, research priorities, and publications.
  • [3] - a biography of James McGann, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.
  • [4] - a biography of R. Kent Weaver, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
  • [5] - provides information on the Global Development Network, including its mission, history, research priorities, and publications.
  • [6] - provides comprehensive information on the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • James G. McGann (Director) (January 28, 2013). "The Global Go To Think Tank Report, 2011" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  • James G. McGann (Director) (February 4, 2015). "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". Retrieved February 14, 2015. 

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