Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program

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]

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
AbbreviationTTCSP
Motto"Helping to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy."
Formation1989
Director
James G. McGann
Parent organization
Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Websiterepository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/

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.
Asian Development Bank Institute

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is an Asian think tank focused on identifying effective development strategies for Asia and the Pacific, and on providing support to ADB member countries in managing development challenges. It was established in Tokyo in 1996 as a subsidiary of Asian Development Bank, with initial and subsequent financing from the Government of Japan. ADBI is located on the 8th floor of the Kasumigaseki Building in Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo. ADBI was ranked 5th in the world among government-affiliated think tanks in the 2013 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania.

CAEI

The Argentine Center of International Studies (Centro Argentino de Estudios Internacionales, CAEI) is a think tank for international relations in Buenos Aires, Argentina that claims to be nonpartisan and independent.

CAEI publishes a range of studies in the field of international relations, which are all published electronically and are available free of charge. Apart from an international e-book series, the journal Argentina Global, Observatorio de Bolivia, Observatorio Malvinense and other series, all also contained in the electronic reference system IDEAS/REPEC of the University of Connecticut, the CAEI also publishes a series of working papers in English, Spanish and other major languages, with contributions from major universities and research centers on the world.

In the University of Pennsylvania's reporting of Global Think Tanks in the framework of its Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, 2010, entitled "2010 Global Go To Report – Think Tank Index – UNEDITION", January 2011, the CAEI is ranked among the top new think tanks around the globe.

Center for Education Policy Analysis

The Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) is a research center at the Stanford Graduate School of Education dedicated to action-oriented research on education policies. CEPA's research focuses on the impact of poverty and inequality on educational achievement, the evaluation of federal and state education policy, teaching and leadership effectiveness, and technological innovations in education. CEPA was established in 2009 as part of the Stanford Challenge, a multidisciplinary initiative at Stanford University aimed at improving K-12 education. It is ranked as the 10th most influential education policy think tank worldwide by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Center for the National Interest

The Center for the National Interest is a Washington, D.C.-based public policy think tank. The Center was established by former U.S. President Richard Nixon on January 20, 1994 as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom. The group changed its name to The Nixon Center in 1998. In 2001 the Center acquired The National Interest, a bimonthly journal, in which it tends to promote the realist perspective on foreign policy. The Center's President is Dimitri K. Simes. In March 2011, it was renamed the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI).The center has a staff of approximately twenty people supporting six main programs: Energy Security and Climate Change, Strategic Studies, US-Russia Relations, U.S.-Japan Relations, China and the Pacific, and Regional Security (Middle East, Caspian Basin and South Asia). In 2006 it had an annual budget of $1.6 million. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Foreign Policy Research Institute ranked it as one of the top 30 think tanks in the United States in 2007, and it has consistently earned similar praise since then. According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), the Center is number 43 (of 60) in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".

Centre for Independent Studies

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is an Australian libertarian think tank. It was founded in 1976 by Greg Lindsay. In 2018 Tom Switzer became the new Executive Director. The CIS focuses on classical liberal issues such as free market economics and reducing the size and scope of government. The CIS is endowed by donations, membership subscriptions, and book and event sales. According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), CIS is number 101 (of 150) in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide" and number 11 (of 60) in the "Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific."

Eudoxa

Eudoxa is a Swedish think tank, formed in 2000. Eudoxa has a transhumanist, and liberal political profile, with a focus on promoting dynamism, emerging technologies, harm reduction policy and discussing the challenges of the environment and the future. It is independent from political parties and other political and religious interest groups.

Eudoxa organizes seminars and conferences about these subjects, produces reports for corporations and organizations and promotes public debate.

It has a staff consisting both of scientist and humanists, in order to bridge the rift between The Two Cultures on evaluating the effects of emerging technologies, and give a better analysis. Its intellectual inspiration derives much from the book The Future and Its Enemies by Virginia Postrel.

Eudoxa has discussed biotechnology, harm reduction, health care, nanotechnology, RFID, and intellectual property.

Eudoxa is the Swedish partner in the International Property Rights Index.

The think tank currently consists of: Waldemar Ingdahl, Alexander Sanchez, and Anders Sandberg.

According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), Eudoxa is rated number 25 (of 45) in the "Top Science and Technology Think Tanks" of the world.

Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute is a Canadian public policy think tank and registered charity. It has been described as politically conservative and libertarian. The Institute is headquartered in Vancouver, with offices also located in Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, and ties to a global network of 80 think-tanks through the Economic Freedom Network.According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), Fraser is number 23 (of 100) in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-U.S.)", number 19 (of 150) in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide (U.S. and non-U.S.)" and number 1 (of 30) in the "Top Think Tanks in Mexico and Canada".

Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP) is a Canadian public policy think tank with offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), FCPP is number 23 (of 30) of the "Top Think Tanks in Mexico and Canada".

Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Getulio Vargas Foundation, often abbreviated as FGV) is a Brazilian higher education institution and think tank founded on December 20, 1944, with a mission "To stimulate Brazil’s socioeconomic development". Its initial objective was to prepare qualified people to work in public and private administration in Brazil.

FGV is considered by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania as top think tank in Latin America, best managed think tank worldwide and seventh best think tank in the world.FGV offers undergraduate programs, graduate & MBA programs, as well as Master's & PhD programs in economics, business administration, public administration, law, social sciences, applied mathematics and international relations.

FGV has over 90 research centers and produces a large volume of academic research. The subjects cover macro and micro-economics, finance, business, decision-making, law, health, welfare, poverty and unemployment, pollution, and sustainable development. FGV also maintains research programs in the fields of history, social sciences, education, justice, citizenship, and politics. FGV also executes projects at the request of the public sector, private enterprise and international agencies such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Notable examples of such work include assistance for the successful Rio de Janeiro bids for the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

FGV's main office is based in Rio de Janeiro, and is also present in São Paulo and Brasília. In addition, it offers educational programs in over 100 cities in Brazil, through a network of affiliate partner institutions, with Executive Education and MBA programs in several areas of knowledge.

IMANI Centre for Policy and Education

The 'IMANI' Center for Policy and Education is an African think tank based in Accra, Ghana. As a member of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the think tank applies free market solutions to intricate domestic social problems. It was founded in 2004 by Franklin Cudjoe, who currently serves as the president and chief executive officer. The think tank's operations center on these four thematic areas: rule of law, market growth and development, individual rights, and human security and institutional development. IMANI uses the Africanliberty.org platform as a springboard to reach out to the larger African audience in five international languages, including Swahili.IMANI exerts influence in the Ghanaian public education and policy sphere through media appearances, publications, research, and seminars. The think tank is ranked by the Global Go To Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, organized annually by the University of Pennsylvania. According to the 2009 Index Report, IMANI was ranked fifth most influential in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the only African think tank to make the list of top 25 "Most Innovative" across the world.

Institute for Political Studies – Catholic University of Portugal

The Institute for Political Studies (Portuguese: Instituto de Estudos Políticos, IEP) of the Catholic University of Portugal (Portuguese: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, UCP) is a Portuguese research institution focusing on political science and political philosophy.

It was created on 1 September 1997 at the Lisbon campus of the Catholic University of Portugal. The IEP was the only Portuguese think tank to get nominated for the top Think Tanks of World, according to The Global "Go-To Think Tanks": The Leading Public Policy Research Organizations in the World, 2008, published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania.

James McGann

Dr. James G. McGann is a Senior Lecturer, International Studies and Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and founder/director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP). Most notable for his extensive work on public policy research organization, he is a frequent adviser to numerous governments and international organizations worldwide.

Keck Institute for Space Studies

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is a joint institute of the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory established in January 2008 with a $24 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation. It is a privately funded think tank focused on space mission concepts and technology.

The 2011-2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), have listed KISS in the "Top Thirty Science and Technology Think Tanks".The Founding Director of the Institute is Professor Tom Prince (2008–present).

Libertad y Desarrollo

Libertad y Desarrollo, abbreviated to LyD, is a Chilean think tank focused on liberal, free market economic studies. Founded in 1990, the think tank defines itself as a "center for studies and private research, independent of any political, religious, business, or governmental organization, that is dedicated to the analysis of public affairs promoting the values and principles of a free society". The think tank is the Chilean representative of RELIAL, the Liberal Network of Latin America (Red Liberal de America Latina). The center is divided into 7 programs: Economic Program, Social Program, Society and Politics Program, Legislative Program, Environmental Program, and the Justice Program. The group's goal is to respond to these various issues with a liberal, free market perspective and to make public policy recommendations specific to Chile for legislators, but not to participate in government directly. Economists Hernan Büchi, Luis Larraín, Cristián Larroulet are affiliated with the think tank.

LyD became involved the public discussion and policy recommendations regarding education reforms during the 2011 protests in Chile, testifying before the Senate's Education Commission.According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), LyD is ranked number 97 (of 100) in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-U.S.)", number 53 (of 150) in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide (U.S. and non-U.S.)", and number 29 (of 50) in the "Best Think Tanks in Central and South America.

Liberty Institute (Brazil)

Instituto Liberdade do Rio Grande do Sul is a Brazilian independent think tank, formed by intellectual entrepreneurs, based in Porto Alegre.

Instituto Liberdade is not endowed and does not accept government funding. All of its programs depend upon the generosity of foundations, individuals, and corporations that share belief in the importance of independent research.

Instituto Liberdade is among the Top 40 think tanks in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the 2009 Global Go To Think Tanks Index, research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania – Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Three members of its board of directors are also members of the Mont Pelerin Society.

New Economic School – Georgia

The New Economic School – Georgia (NESG) (in Georgian: ახალი ეკონომიკური სკოლა საქართველო) is a free market think-tank, non-profit organisation, NGO based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Its main mission is education of young people in free market ideas. It organizes seminars, workshops and conferences for education and exchanges of ideas. NESG was founded by Georgian individuals to fill the gap of the market economy knowledge in the country and the deficit of good teachers and economics textbooks. According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), NESG is number 22 (of 45) "Top Think Tanks in Central Asia".The name New Economic School means different vision, school of thought. NESG is not an academic institution but rather a voluntary cooperation of individuals to find more ideas about Human Action. NESG was established as an alternative to Marxian school which was very influential having an absolute monopoly in the academic circles and universities in Georgia.

Peterson Institute for International Economics

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE; Peterson Institute), until 2006 the Institute for International Economics (IIE), is a private and non-profit think tank focused on international economics, based in Washington, D.C. It was founded by C. Fred Bergsten in 1981, and is led by Adam S. Posen. According to the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), PIIE was number 20 (of 150) in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide" and number 13 (of 60) in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".The Peterson Institute is not to be confused with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, an entirely separate organization.

Prospect Foundation

Prospect Foundation (Chinese: 遠景基金會), is a think tank based in Taiwan, established in 1997, which aims to analyze the Cross-Taiwan-Strait relations and international politics and economy and provide suggestions of policies for Taiwan government. There are about a dozen of research fellows in Prospect Foundation who research and analyze the development of Cross-Strait relations and international developments.The Prospect Foundation ranks 94th in the Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific of Global Go To Think Tank Index 2017 report published by Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (or Wilson Center), located in Washington, D.C., is a United States Presidential Memorial that was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by an act of Congress in 1968. It is also a highly recognized think tank, ranked among the top ten in the world.Named in honor of President Woodrow Wilson, the only President of the United States to hold a PhD, its mission is "to commemorate the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by: providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy; and fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs."In 2019, the Wilson Center was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program as the 11th best think tank in the world, the number five think tank in the U.S., and the world's top think tank for regional studies and institutional collaboration.

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