The winners of Prospect's 2012 Think Tank of the Year Awardsby Prospect / July 11, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
Peter Mandelson presents the Global Think Tank of the Year Award to Guntram Wolff, the deputy director of Bruegel. See below for the full list of winners – more pictures can be found on our Facebook page
The last 12 months have been marked by global instability. The debate over austerity has consumed Britain, the rest of Europe, the United States and Japan—are cuts or spending the answer to a stuttering recovery? And how do elected politicians persuade voters to back painful changes? Can democracy cope with the age of austerity?
Last summer, Britain saw the worst riots since the 1980s. The crisis in the eurozone has threatened to plunge Europe into a lost decade. Meanwhile, the consequences of the Arab Spring are still unclear. Elections in Egypt have changed the political character of a cornerstone of the Middle East while the violence in Syria shows no sign of abating.
Think tanks, then, have had no shortage of subjects. The Prospect Think Tank of the Year Awards, now in their 12th year, set out to give credit to organisations that have led the debate among the public and government. The judges look for originality and rigour of research and argument, for selection of topics of importance, and for influence. To reflect the breadth of subjects, we have extended the number of categories, and expanded the opportunities for those based outside the UK to enter. The number of entries again reached a record.
The awards were presented on 10th July, at the Royal Society, by Lord Mandelson, who said that political parties badly needed to reassess their plans for dealing with the problems their countries faced. Graham van’t Hoff, chairman of Shell UK, in opening remarks, stressed the importance for fresh independent thinking on policy and the role of think tanks in providing it.
Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect, chaired the panel, which included Baroness Vadera of Holland Park, consultant and former government minister; Richard Lambert, chancellor of the University of Warwick, former editor of the Financial Times and member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee; Nader Mousavizadeh, chief executive of Oxford Analytica and former special assistant to Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations; and James Elwes, deputy editor of Prospect and former editor of Financial World.