The Finnish Think Tank Landscape : A Mixture of Consensualism and Adversity?

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Lounasmeri , L I 2020 , ' The Finnish Think Tank Landscape : A Mixture of Consensualism and Adversity? ' , Scandinavian Political Studies , vol. 43 , no. 3 , pp. 187-206 .

Title: The Finnish Think Tank Landscape : A Mixture of Consensualism and Adversity?
Author: Lounasmeri, Lotta I.
Contributor organization: Faculty Common Matters (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Centre for European Studies
Date: 2020-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Political Studies
ISSN: 0080-6757
Abstract: As a common feature of Nordic countries, the Finnish landscape of thinks tanks has been populated by large corporatist interest organisations and government-funded research organisations. In addition to this, since 2005, party-affiliated think tanks form a notable part of the picture. Recently, several small think tanks that are oriented towards specific themes, such as international relations, the environment and feminism, have been founded. This article examines Finnish developments in the field of think tanks with two objectives. First, it gives a general overview of the Finnish think tank landscape. Second, by using interview data and public mission statements of the most prominent think tanks, it explores how these organisations see their role in Finnish society. What is their relationship with media and the political machinery, and how does this relate to their position and activities as either consensual or adversarial actors? It is concluded that redeeming the place of think tanks in the Finnish polity is a continuing challenge, and resorting to adversarial tactics is not a favourable way to do so. This approach has mostly been attempted by neoliberal think tanks that, in the past, have also profited from corporatist structures to enhance their objectives.
Subject: POLICY
5171 Political Science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc
Usage restriction: openAccess
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