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Research Project|
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The purpose of this research is to firstly explore and understand the US think tank culture and describe the characteristics that make US think tank cultures so successful in influencing government policies. From our understanding of the findings, our research will then focus on predicting and recommending strategies and tactics for Australian think tanks to follow in order to increase their influence in Australian government policies.| |

Submitted by: Amy Chiu, Allen Wu, Dulce Lamagna & Nandita Thomas| Submitted to: Erica HalleboneSubmission date:|
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Table of Contents
Abstract3
1.0 Introduction4
1.1 Aim and Purpose4
2.0 Literature Review5
2.1 Definitions of think tanks5
2.2 US think tank culture6
2.2.1 Types of US think tanks6
2.2.2 US think tank methods and strategies8
2.2.3 Key Determinants of the Success of US think tanks9
2.3 Research Question9
3.0 Methodology10
3.1 Research Question11
3.2 Paradigm11
3.3 Research Process12
3.4 Methods12
3.4.1 Primary Data (CEDA)12
3.4.2 Secondary Data12
4.0 Findings14
4.1 Themes (Australia)14
4.1.1 Grattan Institute15
4.2 Themes (United States of America)15
4.3 Data & Analysis18
5.0 Discussion20
5.1 Our Views20
6.0 Evaluation of the Research Project21
6.1 Limitations21
6.2 Ethical Views21
7.0 Recommendations21
7.1 Increase Media Influence21
7.1.1 Revamp Website to make it more user friendly21
7.1.2 Affiliate with Journalist/Newspapers22
7.1.3 Affiliate with Television Station22
7.2 Alliance with Grattan Institute23
7.3 Suggestion for policies for CEDA or Australian Think tanks23
7.4 Future Research23
8.0 Conclusion24
9.0 References25

Executive Summary
The term ‘think tank’ was first adopted in the US during the Second World War to refer to a secure room of environment where defense scientists and military planners could meet to discuss strategy (Ahmad 2008). Since then, the term has been adapted world-wide with now over 5,080 think tanks in the world (McGann 2007). The purpose and aim of this research project is to examine think tanks across United States, explore their characteristics, illustrate their distinctiveness and discover what the essential factors that contribute on their success in influencing public policy. Our research was on the following question: “The USA has a strong think tank ‘culture’, with large numbers of active, well-supported and influential think tanks. What can we learn from them?” And our hypothesis,

“The US think-tanks have obvious influential power on government public policies compared with other think-tanks in different countries.” The steps taken to challenge our hypothesis were as follows: * Literature review of what think tanks, especially economic think tanks, * Analysis of 5 well established US think tanks particularly ones that has a strong influence on US public policy and in comparison to CEDA. * Empirical analysis on all the information the group can obtain on CEDA. From our group’s findings, our research will then focus on forecasting and recommending strategies and tactics for Australian think tanks to follow in order to increase their influence in Australian government policies which includes: * Increase Media Influence – Revamping website to make it more user friendly, Daily/Weekly, Online Booking/Reservations, Podcast/Video Subscription, Feedback/Suggestion Box Online, Affiliate with Journalist/Newspapers and Affiliate with Television Station * Alliance with Grattan Institute – When this collaboration is fully operational, greater results can be achieved. * Suggestion for policies for CEDA or Australian Think tanks * Future Research

CONCLUSION PART

1.0 Introduction
“The USA has a strong think tank ‘culture’, with large numbers of active, well-supported and influential think tanks. What can we learn from them?” This research project is designed to...
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