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Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis and Paralysis

On the Sidelines or Catalysts for Ideas and Actions?
The world's first meeting of leading international think tanks based in and around the European continent, which took place on 20 November 2012 in Rome, concluded with recommendations for think tanks, donors, and policy communities concerning think tanks. The Summit focused on lessons from the current fiscal and economic crises in Europe, and sought ways to enhance the role of think tanks in anticipating crises and providing effective early warning, formulating dynamic and innovative ideas for solutions, and overcoming the policy paralysis that often aggravates crises. Sydney Baloue, Transatlantic Fellow at Ecologic Institute, acted as lead rapporteur for the event. The conference paper is available for download.Read more

Going Out of the Town Hall

The Benefits and How They Can Be Achieved
From urban gardening and networks of sharing to community-owned wind farms: citizens' initiatives emerge all over Europe in a quest to find new answers to today's pressing challenges. This policy brief explores new forms of cooperation between local governments and these bottom-up initiatives. It argues that getting involved with initiatives helps local governments to be an active player in their community's change dynamics. This cooperation furthermore requires new ways of engaging and participating between the groups.Read more

InContext Final Conference & Informed Cities Forum 2013

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6 June 2013 to 7 June 2013
Berlin
Germany

On 6–7 June 2013, the final conference of InContext, together with the Informed Cities Forum 2013, took place in Berlin. It provided a creative platform for local initiatives, policymakers, and researchers to exchange insights, ideas, and experiences on transition processes. At the core of the conference was the question of how to create space for change and move towards better...Read more

From "The Blue Sky above the Ruhr" to the "Energiewende"

December 2012 to June 2014

Environmental policy is one of the most important policy fields in Germany. Despite the importance of environmental policy, little is known about the factors that have driven the development of scientific environmental policy advice. Was the German environmental policy initiated top-down or bottom-up? What role did the anti-nuclear movement play for the founding of individual environmental research institutes? What was the role of civil society? How has environmental consulting changed over time? And what can environmental consultants learn from these experiences? The project “From ‘TheRead more

Geschichte der Umweltpolitikberatung – Oral History

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The project "From 'The Blue Sky above the Ruhr' to the Energiewende" aimed at shedding light to the factors that have driven the development of scientific environmental policy advice in Germany. The project team applied the "oral history method", holding a total of 20 interviews with contemporary witnesses. Ecologic Institute produced the project website which provides an overview of the goals, methods and partners of the project. The project's findings as well as videos of the interviews are available for viewing in the media library.Read more

2052. A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years

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6 December 2012
Berlin
Germany
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On 6 December 2012, Ecologic Institute and the German environmental publishing house Oekom Verlag co-hosted a Dinner Dialogue with Jorgen Randers in Berlin. Jorgen Randers is  a co-author of the Club of Rome "The Limits to Growth" report published in 1972 and a Professor of Climate Strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School. During the dinner dialogue he presented insights...Read more

Energy, Resources, and Climate Change: Conflict or Cooperation?

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The 1st European Think Tank Summit entitled, "Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis and Paralysis: On the Sidelines or Catalysts for Ideas and Actions?" was held on 20 November 2012 at the United States Embassy in Rome (Italy). The first of several regional Summits addressed public policy issues in Europe and brought together over 50 participants from 21 countries. Ecologic Institute's Prof. R. Andreas Kraemer led a breakout session on energy security. Sydney Baloue acted as lead rapporteur for the event. Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf was also in attendance.

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Dissolving the 'Westphalian system'

Transnationalism in Transboundary Water Management
The "Westphalian system" of international relations, based on delineation, non-interference, and separation, hinders effective management of environmental resources, such as trans-boundary rivers. In this article, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute explains how cooperation and sharing responsibilities over watercourses between states provided the basis for the US Constitution and the institutional order of the EU, and now drive a new transnationalism that erodes the Westphalian system. The article is available for download.Read more

Between Helpful Advice and Questionable Influence - Traditional and New Actors of Political Consulting and Advising in German Federal Politics

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6 July 2012
Tilburg
Netherlands

During the 7th Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis at Tilburg (The Netherlands), Golo Bartsch presented recent developments of German political consulting, and adressed some of the legitimacy questions caused by them.

From 5th to 7th of July, political scientists from all over the world gathered at Tilburg, where the Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University hosted the 7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA). Guided by the conference topic "Understanding the Drama of Democracy", the participantsRead more

Environmental Complaint-handling and Mediation Mechanisms at National Level

April 2012 to November 2012

Improving the implementation and enforcement of European environmental legislation will be one of the key priorities of the EU’s upcoming 7th Environmental Action Programme. In a study for the European Commission the Ecologic Institute, together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy and BIO Intelligence Service, is studying several options to improve the national complaint-handling and mediation mechanisms in the environmental field.

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Environmental law is characterised in many cases by its lack of directly and individually affectedRead more

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