Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


think tank; methodology; method innovation and application

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The methodologies, which are both the helpful methods and tools for the research on strategic and policy issues and also the important output of think tanks, have been evolving ever since the emerging period of modern think tanks. The innovation and application of methodologies by world-leading think tanks can be classified into four categories. They are the original innovation of single theory/method, indicators or index-based method, modeling and simulation, and specialized method innovation and application. Taken the world-leading think tanks such as RAND, NISTEP, Joint Research Centre of EU for case studies, methods innovation and application are explored in details in this study. Based on these analysis, suggestions for method innovation for China's new-type think tanks are proposed in the paper.

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