The latest report of global think tanks rankings was released by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania's International Relations Program on January 20 this year.
This annual report, named "The 2011 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings," the fifth edition of the kind, contains the most comprehensive rankings of the world's top think tanks, which has been described as the insider's guide to the global marketplace of ideas.
A total of 6,545 think tanks in the world were contacted and encouraged to participate in the nominations process, and a group of over 6000 scholars, journalists, policymakers, public and private donors, think tanks, and regional and subject area specialists were involved. The nominations and rankings were based on the detailed set of criteria, including the think tanks' production of rigorous and relevant research, publications, and programs in one or more substantive areas of research.
• Top countries/regions with largest number of think tanks:
The following are the top 30 think tanks in the world:
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