The winner of Prospect‘s coveted think tank of the year award will be revealed at an awards ceremony tomorrow evening; full details are to be posted on this blog shortly after.
We received a record number of entries this year—which should come as little surprise. Since the prize was started 10 years ago, the power and influence of wonk shops has grown exponentially. Many have become part of our “unwritten constitution,” claims one this year’s judges, Ben Rogers, an associate fellow of Demos and the Institute for Public Policy Research. “Just think of the role that the Institute for Government and the Constitution Unit played in preparing the ground for a hung parliament and enabling the creation of a coalition government.”
Indeed, many of the personnel manning such institutions seem to have a revolving door in and out of government—just take the appointment of Richard Reeves, former head of Demos, as special adviser to Nick Clegg; not to mention one-time Centre for Social Justice boss Philippa Stroud, who now finds herself advising Iain Duncan Smith.