Think Tank

Expert article
Author: Radmila Gaćeša
doi: 10.5937/bankarstvo2002131G
Keywords: think tank, politics, research, foundations, energy, government, public, lobbying, climate
JEL: I00, Q40, Q50, Y80


Summary: Think tank is a global phenomenon of the modern world. Globally, out of over 6,300 think tank institutions that existed in 2009, more than half were established after 1989. Foreign financial support for the creation of think tank institutions in Eastern Europe significantly contributed to this increase.

Think tank institutions differ from each other according to their ideological approach, sources of funding, topics or the areas they deal with, as well as the users of their services. Think tank institutions are generally competing for influence in politics, business, science, media and society.

A dominant number of think tank institutions deal with topics from politics, social policy, the sphere of economy and business, integration, etc. There is an increasing number of think tank institutions dedicated to social and envi­ronmental issues.

The number of think tank institutions, their global distribution, as well as the trends of further development are indicating a great interest of the profes­sional and general public for their engagement, scope and perspective.

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