I am pleased to announce that the *2009 Global Go To Think Tanks
*rankings and trends report is now available. You can download the
The publication of the 2009 Global Go To Think Tanks rankings marks the
fourth year we have produced the rankings and trends report. This year’s
rankings process was guided by a panel of close to 300 scholars and
experts from around the world. An additional 760 peer institutions,
policymakers, donors and journalists participated in the final round of
the rankings process.
We are constantly trying to improve the quality of our data on think
tanks so that critical changes in countries and regions are reflected in
our research. This year we developed and piloted an on-line rankings
survey which improved the rankings process. We welcome your comments and
suggestions on how we might improve the nomination and rankings process.
Our initial effort to produce a list of the leading think tanks in the
world grew out of a series of requests from donors and journalists to
produce national, regional and international lists of the top think
tanks. Our continuing effort is now defined by our desire to understand
their role in governments and civil societies around the world so we can
help improve their capacity and performance.
We believe our system of ranking the top think tanks using a shared
definition of public policy research, analysis and engagement
organizations, a detailed set of selection criteria and an open and
transparent nomination and selection process has tremendous utility for
think tanks, policymakers, donors and the public. We are particularly
pleased by the increased participation from developing countries which
allows us to bring special attention to the important work they are
doing in often very difficult circumstances.
Thanks again for all your support over the years and for helping make
the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program a success.
James G. McGann, Ph.D.
International Relations Program
University of Pennsylvania
Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
*/“Helping to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy”/*
*James G. McGann, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, International Relations
Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
University of Pennsylvania
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BRICS and Think Tanks Partners In Economic Development (CIPE, June 2009)
Democratization and Market Reform in Developing and Transitional
Countries: Think Tanks as Catalysts:*_
Global Think Tanks (Forthcoming Routledge 2010)
Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the US: Academics, Advisors and
Comparative Think Tanks, Politics and Public Policy*: