Over the past two decades we have seen a growing policy community in Scotland, aiming to influence and support decision-making. However, there have been concerns that few think tanks have developed in Scotland since devolution, to provide the good evidence and new ideas required to ensure that Scotland makes the most of its powers, and that decision-making is evidence-based and not simply dominated by the loudest voices.
This report considers the think tank sector in Scotland, its history and potential ways to strengthen the sector in the future.
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