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think-tank

n
informal a group of specialists organized by a business enterprise, governmental body, etc, and commissioned to undertake intensive study and research into specified problems
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In our November 2014 issue, we said the first African continental think-tank summit was held in Pretoria in February, organised by the University of Pennsylvania, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Leadership Center, and the Institute for Security Studies, entitled Think-tanks and the Transformation of Africa.
But what are these think-tanks which have risen to such prominence in our society?
The Government has think-tanks, town councils have think-tanks, as do most commercial and public organisations.
Podesta, like the men who founded the key advocacy think-tanks on the right, is a political operative, not an academic.
The role of think tanks in Germany is discussed by Lothar Scholz in, "The Think-Tank Landscape in Germany: A Look Behind the Mirror," paper presented at the conference on Think-Tanks in the USA and Germany: How and Where do Public Decision-Makers Obtain Their Knowledge?
Bjerre-Poulsen, "The Heritage Foundation: A Second Generation Think-Tank," Journal of Policy History 3, no.
Think-tanks are, or should be, distinct from pressure groups, which exist to further a particular, pre-determined point of view.
Think-tanks now flourish in other parts of the world, in Eastern Europe since the collapse of Communism and in Asia, where they 'tend to be closely linked with their governments' - and thus are perhaps not think-tanks in Dr Stone's sense.
As well as corporate elites and board interlocks, she studies business-financed think-tanks, and gives new insights into gender patterns at elite levels of power.
Until a decade or even less ago, African think-tanks were very thin on the ground.
SEATTLE, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a report issued by a liberal media resource, FAIR, the Discovery Institute has become one of the most sought after think-tanks in the country, with greater percentage growth in news notice than any other think tank.
Thinking the unthinkable: think-tanks and the economic counter-revolution 1931-1983.