some thinktanks serve as little more than ego trips for narcissistic waffle and flimflam merchants, or a thin intellectual veneer for an inane political project… Most depressingly, the quest for funding can be deeply uncomfortable. Ask any thinktanker, and they’ll tell you it’s hard to get funding for worthy explorations of welfare policy. The need to show policy puissance to attract sponsors might explain why the relationship between thinktanks, advisers and government can become overly close.” Hopi Sen on thinktanks

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