The results of our (hotly contested) annual awards for policy and researchby Prospect Team / July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment
The 14th year of the Prospect Think Tank of the Year Awards, supported by Shell, took place at the end of an eventful 12 months. The global economy has shown the first signs of sustainable recovery since the crisis of 2008. But governments in the west still face big problems, and think tanks big questions. Debt is not a new problem; but ageing populations, the impact of globalisation and new technology reshaping the economy and the world of work are. There is a real question here of what government can actually do, as well as what it should do. Can they, for example, collect tax? Stop migration? Create the conditions for medical innovation? Can Westminster shield us from these changes, or steer a path through them?
In international relations, it has not been a quiet year. From the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to the civil war in Syria, the advance of Isis in Iraq to the new violence between Israel and the Palestinians, crises have broken out across the globe. Low-level conflicts against extremists have persisted in the southern Arabian peninsula and the abduction in Nigeria of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram made clear that aggressive ideologies were finding new footholds.
The aim of the Think Tank Awards is to honour the achievements of the organisations that help to shape public and political thinking on policy questions. Entrants to the awards were scored according to six criteria: coherent selection of topics of importance; innovative and plausible policy prescription; rigour of analysis; influence on politics; influence on media and wider impact; convening power.
The judges were: Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England; Bridget Kendall, the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent; Bill Emmott, former Editor of the Economist; Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston; Professor Diane Roberts of Florida State University; Wolfgang Münchau, Financial Times columnist; Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates, the public policy advisory firm in Washington DC; Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Philippe Legrain, writer and commentator; Philip Coggan,…