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Thinktank Twitter Accounts

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(NEW: the remarkable media activities of rightwing pressure group, The TaxPayers’ Alliance…)

They mostly don’t represent your interests,
they’re well-funded… they frame the “news”…

Following George Monbiot’s article in the Guardian on so-called thinktanks (and their secretive ways), a suggestion was floated (on Twitter) to get these organisations to reveal their funding sources – by contacting and prompting them publicly using Twitter.

Here’s a list of Twitter accounts for UK thinktanks – I will be updating it to make it as comprehensive/useful as possible. The idea is simple: contact a thinktank of your choice and ask them to list all donations/grants (above £1000) received in the last financial year.

@TheGWPF (The Global Warming Policy Foundation)
@UK_CMF (Christian Medical Fellowship)
@asi (Adam Smith Institute)
@the_tpa (The TaxPayers’ Alliance)
@policynetwork (International Policy Network)
@drhelenevans (Nurses for Reform)
@iealondon (Institute of Economic Affairs)
@TheIFS (Institute for Fiscal Studies)
@IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research)
@The_IoD (Institute of Directors)
@SMFthinktank (Social Market Foundation)
(Centre for European Reform)
@RUSI_org (Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies)
@RFcambridge (Relationships Foundation)
@ECFRheadlines (European Council on Foreign Relations – protected account)
@NLGNthinktank (The New Local Government Network)
@PopnMatters (Population Matters)
@the_young_fdn (Young Foundation)
@HJS_Org (Henry Jackson Society)
@StockholmNet (‘protected’ Twitter account)
@UnlockDemocracy (Update: funding sources listed here)
@theneweconomics (New Economics Foundation)
@ConUnit_UCL (Constitution Unit)
@instituteforgov (Institute for Government)
@IISS_org (International Institute for Strategic Studies)
@Institute4SD (Institute for Strategic Dialogue)
@odi_development (Overseas Development Institute)
@IDS_UK (Institute of Development Studies)

Written by NewsFrames

September 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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  1. Add @OpenEurope (Eurosceptic think-tank), and VoxEU (economic think-tank, whose homepage includes a paper with the words “The true problem of the Eurozone is not its banking system”) to the list.

    Stephen Coltrane (@sjcoltrane)

    September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  2. That should be @VoxEU of course.

    Stephen Coltrane (@sjcoltrane)

    September 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  3. Thanks for those – now added.

    Also – suggestions for level of detail appreciated. Just a straight list or some description of each group? Which more useful?


    September 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

  4. I think you are missing the ‘international development’ ones -that mostly get money from the government.


    I am not sure if VoxEU can be described as a think tank. It is an online publication. CEPR, that is behind it, is a think tank (although pan european).

    • Thanks for those, Enrique. I’ve now added them (I’ll also take another look at VoxEU).

      Still some more to add to the list, which I’ll do over next day or two…


      September 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

    • Thanks for that, Jon. I’ve now added a note mentioning that their funding sources are listed.


      September 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

  5. […] A few weeks ago Goran Buldioski published a post on transparency and I commented on an article by George Monbiot on think tanks’ transparency. Monbiot’s article sparked some debate on twitter and led Brian Dean from News Frames to put together a list of British think tanks’ twitter accounts to encourage the public to tweet asking them t…. […]

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