Managing Think Tanks

Good governance is a national agenda to make government more effective, efficient, and siding with the public. What is needed is clear increase community involvement in government oversight. But more than that, also needed alternative solutions to address issues of national development and nation, then, in this case the presence of the institutions think tank that works to research and public policy studies are necessary to provide alternative solutions to the problem of national development and the nation.

Some of the findings of the case on the existence of think tanks described Raymond J. Struyk and Jeffrey P. Telgarsky in the book Managing Think Tank. According to this book, a lot of directors think tank focused solely fulfill the principal purpose of a public policy research kembaga. Their backgrounds are mostly from academia, the less interested in management issues. They neglect the routine quality control work and quality control team work. They apply informal procedures in payroll employment. No annual audit ..

Books written by research the think tank institutions in the U.S. and some European countries such as Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, explained that the profile think tank is still at the development of the first and second. The first level, only have 1-2 permanent research staff, more part-time consultant, funding is not fixed and the financial and administrative systems that are categorized as old-fashioned. This is the most dominant profile based research Raymond. The second level, 30-35 percent, have permanent research staff at least 5-10 people, funding is relatively stable, the operating system is more complex and specialized tasks more reliably and clearly.

On the other hand, the donor community does not prioritize the development of institutional think tanks. Generally they use think tanks to pursue their agendas and interests. Certainly profile institutions such is more prevalent in countries of economic transition. In the U.S. alone, the model built think tanks, characterized by a very strong independence. Meanwhile, the think tank European model many affiliated with a political party or trade union industry.

Then of the models presented Raymond in his book, where is the position profile think tank Indonesia? How much Indonesia has a think tank? Areas of public policy which that had been crowded colored influence think tanks in Indonesia? Really think tanks evolved over the reform era? And, how profesionalkah think tank institutions Indonesia has managed? The problems is what will try presented and discussed in the book Managing Think Tank.

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