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The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) is a non-profit program at the
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in
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. TTCSP was originally established at the
Foreign Policy Research Institute The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is an American think tank A think tank, or policy institute, is a research institute A research institute, research centre, or research center is an establishment founded for doing research. Research ...
in 1989. The director is
James McGann James G. McGann is an American academic who is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies, Founder and Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) is a non-profit program at the Unive ...
. The program conducts research on policy institutes around the world and maintains a database of over 8,200
think tank A think tank, or policy institute, is a research institute A research institute, research centre, or research center is an establishment founded for doing research Research is "creativity, creative and systematic work undertaken to incre ...
s from across the world.


Program history

The TTCSP was established at the
Foreign Policy Research Institute The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is an American think tank A think tank, or policy institute, is a research institute A research institute, research centre, or research center is an establishment founded for doing research. Research ...
in 1989. It began with its focus on
think tanks A think tank, or policy institute, is a research institute that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. Most think tanks are non-governmental organiz ...
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. R. Kent Weaver of the
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and James McGann of the Foreign Policy Research Institute were asked to help conceptualize what became the
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, a
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sponsored conference in
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Barcelona, Spain
. This resulted in the publication ''Think Tanks and Civil Societies: Catalysts for Ideas and Action'' in 2000. 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''. As of 2010, the Index is based on a three-phase survey whose participants include politicians, scientists, think tank donors, and think tanks.Seiler, Christian, and Klaus Wohlrabe. "A critique of the 2009 global 'Go-to Think Tanks' ranking." ''CESifo DICE Report'' 8.2 (2010): 60. However, this method of the study and assessment of policy institutes has been criticized by researchers such as Enrique Mendizabal and Goran Buldioski, Director of the Think Tank Fund, assisted by the
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. In 2018, this Index listed USA the country with the largest number of Think Tanks (1871), followed by India (509), China (507), UK (321), Argentina (227), Germany (218), Russia (215), France (203), Japan (128), Italy (114), Brazil (103), Canada (100), South Africa (93).* (29 January 2019)
2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
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. Retrieved 30 October 2019.


See also

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List of think tanks This article is a list of notable think tank A think tank, or policy institute, is a research institute A research institute, research centre, or research center is an establishment founded for doing research. Research institutes may specialize ...


References


External links


Think Tanks and Civil Societies Website


– provides information on the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), including scholar bios and works published.

– provides information on the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, including history and background, program goals, research priorities, and publications.

– a biography of James McGann, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

– a biography of R. Kent Weaver, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

– provides information on the Global Development Network, including its mission, history, research priorities, and publications.

– provides comprehensive information on the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania * * {{DEFAULTSORT:Think Tanks And Civil Societies Program (Ttcsp) Think tanks based in the United States Think tanks