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LSE IDEAS and Public Policy Group ranked 2nd best university think tank in the world

Two LSE research groups, the foreign affairs centre LSE IDEAS| and political analysts/consultants the Public Policy Group|, have jointly been named the second best university think tank in the world in a global survey.

They are ranked second only to Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the 2013 Think Tank and Civil Societies Program league tables.

The league table compared more than 6,800 think tanks around the world from 120 countries in a variety of categories, all peer reviewed by 1900 individuals and institutions.

IDEAS logoLSE IDEAS was also ranked sixth in the world for its report on Governing the Global Drug Wars| in the Best Policy Study/Report produced by a think tank in 2012-13 and ranked eight among global Think Tanks to Watch.

Professor Arne Westad, Director of LSE IDEAS, said: “These rankings recognise the contribution that cutting-edge academic research can make to address the global challenges of our times and the LSE is as the forefront of that impact.”

PPG-logo 2014Professor Patrick Dunleavy, chair of the Public Policy Group, said the PPG’s rise in rankings from 13 to second in the world league tables over the past 12 months in part reflected the strength of its American Politics and Policy blog (USAPP|) and the development of its EUROPP| blog.

In 2013, the PPG’s School-wide academic blogs logged a readership of 1.75 million visitors.

The report’s publishers said the world’s best think tanks had developed and led a series of global initiatives that helped bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical areas such as international peace and security, globalisation and governance, economics, the environment, poverty and global health.

Full details of the report are available here|.

For further information please contact:

LSE IDEAS: Professor Arne Westad on 020 7955 7269 or a.westad@lse.ac.uk|; Public Policy Group: Professor Patrick Dunleavy on 020 7955 7178 (LSE) or 01908 646922 (home office), or at p.dunleavy@lse.ac.uk|; or Candy Gibson, LSE Press Office, on 020 79557060 or pressoffice@lse.ac.uk|  

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Additional notes

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program| (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world.

LSE IDEAS| is a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. Its mission is to use LSE's vast intellectual resources to help train skilled and open-minded leaders and to study international affairs through world-class scholarship and engagement with practitioners and decision-makers.

The Public Policy Group| is an independent consultancy and research organisation which provides thorough analysis and recommendations for a variety of clients; providing an interface between academia, the private, public and 'third' sector.  an independent consultancy and research organisation which provides thorough analysis and recommendations for a variety of clients; providing an interface between academia, the private, public and 'third' sector.  

28 January 2014

 

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