Colin Talbot & Carole Talbot
Why do Think Tanks matter?
What are generally known as “Think Tanks” have been around for over a century – the oldest listed by Diane Stone, in her book on Think Tanks, is the Fabian Society, founded in 1884.
It is generally accepted that Think Tanks have grown massively in more recent decades in numbers, size and – many argue – influence. Many reasons have been given for this explosion, which we’ll discuss in a future note.
One online global register currently has 2,700 Think Tanks, or similar organizations, in their database. There appear to be about 100 across Africa, 400 each in Asia and north America, 600 in Latin America and more than a thousand across Europe (as far as central Asia). Continue reading