The Continuing Evolution of Think Tanks

Taking advantage of the many international think tank leaders visiting Australia for the 2010 Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting, The Centre for Independent Studies will host an event to discuss the different roles think tanks play around the world – some purely for research, some for advocacy and activism, and some with political agendas. How do think tanks function in different corners of the globe, and what particular challenges do they face as we move into an increasingly media saturated, short-attention span world?

  • Andrew Haldenby co-founded and is now Director of UK think tank Reform. He was previously Communications Director at Business for Sterling, Director of Studies at the Centre for Policy Studies and Head of the Political Section in the Conservative Research Department.
  • US-based Tom Palmer is Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University. Tom is also the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice.
  • Bridgett Wagner joined Washington’s The Heritage Foundation in 1981. As Director of the Coalition Relations Department, she serves as Heritage’s liaison to policy organisations, experts and activists at the state, national and international level. Bridgett also organises Heritage’s annual Resource Bank meeting, a gathering of hundreds of conservative groups from across the nation and around the world to meet and discuss strategy.

Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich, is currently a research fellow with the economics program at The Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, and was formerly with London’s Policy Exchange. Dr Hartwich will chair this event.