Foto: Martin Karlsson
Foto: Martin Karlsson

The Symposium’s opening brought together three internationally recognized researchers in the field of think tank studies: Professor Marie-Laure Djelic (ESSEC Business School and Research Center on Capitalism, Globalization and Governance),  who presented a historical case study of the neoliberal think tank Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Atlas) and discussed its role in the establishment, coordination and integration of an expanding transnational neoliberal community; Doctor Dieter Plehwe (Inequality and Social Policy Research Unit, WZB Berlin Social Science Center), who introduced a study of the positions of networks of European think tanks regarding austerity discourses as compared with the position-taking of the party foundations with which they are connected to; and Associate Professor Adrienne Sörbom (Stockholm Centre for Organizational research, SCORE), who introduced a study of the World Economic Forum that combines an ethnographic approach and an organizational perspective in order to investigate how the think tank brokers ideas and knowledge for their transfer to other actors. The keynotes were followed by a panel in which Daniel Suhonen from the Swedish think tank Katalys, Magnus Mardal from the Norwegian think tank Manifest and Professor Christian Christensen (Dept. of Media Studies, Stockholm University) discussed the issues raised in the keynotes.  For more information about the seminar, see http://leadingresearch.se/think-tanks-as-agenda-setters-symposium/