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The year in think tankery

David Walker, chair of the panel of judges for this year's Think Tank of the Year awards, on the state of British think tanks

By David Walker   October 2007

This is an edited extract from David Walker’s speech at the Prospect Think Tank of the Year award ceremony, held on Wednesday 10th October in the Great Hall of King’s College, London

You’ve all been busy. We don’t keep a tally of publications or events, but the past year has seen what feels like increasing volumes of pamphlets, seminars, statements.

And the menagerie of thinkers-cum-doers-cum-campaigners that nestles under the think tank label has got bigger and more diverse. This year we noted a number of new creations (in Edinburgh), spin-offs (in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and geographical spread. UK tanks are active in…

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