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The role of think tanks in Police/Border Guard - society nexus

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The role of think tanks in Police/Border Guard - society nexus

  1. 1. The Salzburg Forum Expert Meeting on Citizens’ Perception of and Confidence in Public Order Services Warsaw, Hotel Łazienkowski Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2009 THE ROLE OF 'THINK TANKS' IN THE POLICE/BORDER GUARD – SOCIETY NEXUS Dr Wojciech Filipkowski The School of Law, University of Białystok-http://www.prawo.uwb.edu.pl The Polish Platform for Homeland Security - http://www.ppbw.pl (Poland)
  2. 2. AGENDA ➔ An Idea of a Think Tank ➔ Types of Think Tanks ➔ Topics for discussion
  3. 3. AN IDEA OF A TT (1) TT is a group of specialists brought together, usually by a government, ➔ to develop ideas on a particular subject and ➔ to make suggestions for action. See Cambridge Advanced Lerner’s Dictionary
  4. 4. AN IDEA OF A TT (2) TT (also called a policy institute) is an organization, institute, corporation, or group that ➔ conducts research and ➔ engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economy, science or technology issues, industrial or business policies, or military advice. See The American Heritage Dictionary. quot;Think Tank.quot; 2000. and Merriam Webster's Dictionary. quot;Think Tank.quot;
  5. 5. AN IDEA OF A TT (3) A TT is an organization that claims to serve as a center for research and/or analysis of important public issues. In reality, many think tanks are little more than ➔ public relations fronts, usually headquartered in state or national seats of government and ➔ generating self-serving scholarship that serves the advocacy goals of their industry sponsors. See The SourceWatch – http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Think_tanks
  6. 6. AN IDEA OF A TT (4) TT SOLUTIONS ➔RESEARCH THE PROBLEM ➔ANALYZE RESULTS PROBLEM ➔SUGGEST SOLUTIONS DECISION GOVERNMENT
  7. 7. THE NEXUS SOCIETY DECISION Police/Border Guards Other social groups GOVERNMENT Non-Governmental Organizations Other individuals Political parties Students Universities ADVICE TT Private Enterprises Electronic Media
  8. 8. TYPES OF TT ➔ Sponsored by the government or private donors ➔ The field of research: social policy, political strategy, economy, science or technology issues, industrial or business policies, or military policies. ➔ The scope of activities: national or international. ➔ The form of organization: institute, foundation, company, association, network of people. ➔ Range of studies: multi-disciplinary or mono disciplinary.
  9. 9. Federally Funded Research and Development Center As described by the National Science Foundation, FFRDCs are quot;R&D-performing organizations that ➔ are exclusively or substantially financed by the Federal Government and ➔ are supported by the Federal Government either to meet a particular R&D objective or, in some instances, to provide major facilities at universities for research and associated training purposes. Each center is administered either by an industrial firm, a university, or another nonprofit institution.quot; There are also special FFRDCs funded by The U.S. Deparment of Defense. See National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/nsf02321/secta.htm.
  10. 10. TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION ➔ What are the fields of interest? ➔ What are the advantages of using TT in the course of Police/Border Guard activities? ➔ What are the disadvantages of using TT in the course of Police/Border Guard activities? ➔ What is the best way to utilize TT for Police/Border Guard service? ➔ What are the countries experiences? ➔ What are the Police/Border Guard experience?
  11. 11. The Salzburg Forum Expert Meeting on Citizens’ Perception of and Confidence in Public Order Services Warsaw, Hotel Łazienkowski Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2009 Dr Wojciech Filipkowski fwojtek@uwb.edu.pl

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