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The real cost of think tanks

04 Dec

Most of us have heard the term think tank and have an idea of what they are meant to do. But many are surprised at the links they have and how secretive some of them appear to be in relation to their funding.

It matters not the political hue of the think tank there is clearly a need for think tanks to be fully open, transparent about their funding AND their links to politicians AND their links to political parties AND their links to those in the media AND their links to any private firm which will in any way be involved in matters from which they pontificate in a “think tank” capacity.

You may think I have just gone off on one. But then again when you’ve read the following links you may share my concerns. Have a look and then let me know.

http://www.lobbyingtransparency.org/content/view/64/1/

http://www.polfed.org/mediacenter/82735121761C4572A05F44E2641314C9.asp.asp

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/09/12/think-of-a-tank/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/oct/15/liam-fox-atlantic-bridge

http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/1078/charity_commission_to_look_again_at_think_tanks_in_wake_of_atlantic_bridge_affair

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e304d018-ff20-11e0-9b2f-00144feabdc0.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2052610/Camerons-Big-Society-guru-raided-think-tank-coffers-fund-40-000-jet-set-lifestyle.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/page/2007/dec/20/1

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/1576447/The-top-twelve-think-tanks-in-Britain.html

http://www.cipe.org/publications/ert/e21/E21_05.pdf

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7189094.stm

http://www.odi.org.uk/work/programmes/rapid/topics/details.asp?id=653&title=think-tanks-policy-research-institutions

http://opinion.publicfinance.co.uk/2011/11/i-think-therefore-im-in-london/

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/112415

http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/1103086/Insight-Public-Affairs-head-questions-House-Lords-passes-lobbyists/

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1 Comment

Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “The real cost of think tanks

  1. Winnie

    April 9, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Thanks, awesome web site..

     

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