Tuesday, January 20, 2015

China Preempts UPenn Think Tank Rankings

China has just released its own think tank report ranking the top think tanks in China, preempting the respected (but deeply flawed) University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings which will be announced this week (yes, Brookings is #1 again).  Here is more:
The "2014 Chinese Think Tank Influence Report" is the first think tank ranking based on objective influence indicators including professional influence, government influence, social influence and international influence, according to a press conference for the report's release in Beijing on Thursday.  In addition to compiling comprehensive rankings, the report also issues rankings on category and influence.  The project team interviewed over 100 experts in the think tank industry and gathered data on 300 major think tanks in China, according to a press release.
The "2014 Chinese Think Tank Influence Report" combines objective indicators with rankings determined by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences to create the final rankings.

The report was jointly issued by the Horizon Institute of Global Development Power, the Horizon Research Consulting Group, and state-run news website China.org.cn.

Here are the top 20 Chinese think tanks:
  1. Development Research Center of the State Council 
  2. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 
  3. Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences 
  4. National School of Development, Peking University 
  5. Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC 
  6. Academy of Macroeconomic Research, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) 
  7. Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning 
  8. China Center for International Economic Exchange 
  9. Horizon Research Consultancy Group 
  10. Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China 
  11. Center for China Studies, School of Public Policy and Management 
  12. China Institute for Reform and Development 
  13. Center for China & Globalization 
  14. China Society for Economic Reform 
  15. Center for American Studies, Fudan University 
  16. Institute of Modern International Relations, Tsinghua University 
  17. China Finance 40 Forum 
  18. China Institute of International Studies 
  19. PLA National Defense University 
  20. Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation

In related news, China has just issued a detailed guide for a "new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics."  Among other things, Chinese think tanks should stick to Marxist ideology, according to the guidelines.