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Author: Αθανασόπουλος Αντύρας, Αλέξανδρος Κωνσταντίνος
Title: Think tanks and foreign policy advice: definition and classification
Date Issued: 2023
Department: International Public Administration (Διεθνής Δημόσια Διοίκηση)
Supervisor: Ζάικος, Νικόλαος
Abstract: This postgraduate thesis focuses on the definition, role, and influence of Think Tanks in foreign policy advice; it points out their practices, contribution, and achievements in international affairs. The aim is to identify the key aspects of Think Tanks and then examine their work, research, and intervention in cases of foreign policy. In order to address these subjects, this research investigates the predominant theories on the Think Tanks’ nature, compares the Western and Eastern approaches towards these institutions, and emphasizes on the results of their intervention in crucial international matters. The thesis also discusses critiques concerning the actions of Think Tanks as well as their independence, motives, and identity, whilst embracing the conclusion that the think entity cannot be defined in one term, as its complex nature requires more than one aspect to be further examined as well as the people operating it. The results of the above research indicate that Think Tanks are indeed a solution towards open knowledge but are limited by the influence of policymakers. Their independence relies closely with their funding, as well as their effectiveness is strictly limited to more authoritarian regimes. Finally, when the equation includes foreign policy, examples of excellency indicate these organizations are indeed entitled innovators, receiving their own big share of criticism, nonetheless.
Keywords: International affairs
Information: Διπλωματική εργασία--Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2023.
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Διεθνές
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