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Dark year proves bright for think tanks

The 11th year of Prospect’s Think Tank Awards showed that plunging markets and revolution have prompted radical new thinking

By Prospect   November 2011

Jonathan Portes (right), director of NIESR, receives our traditional honour of the “tank top for the top tank of the year” from Vince Cable

We live in extraordinary times. The past year has been one of drama: the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan in March; the Arab uprisings; the killing of Osama bin Laden; phone hacking; swings of 400 points in the FTSE index; the eurozone crisis.

Those events provided rich material for the candidates for Prospect’s 11th Think Tank Awards. So did the fierce, continuing debate about the age of austerity: where cuts should fall, how to…

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