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What are Political Foundations

Political foundations (and Think tanks) have become increasingly visible policy actors in European states and in the European Union. They attempt to participate directly in policy making through the provision of analysis for policy-makers and more indirectly by fashioning ideas in ways to mould public understanding of issues and problems.

With taking into consideration theory, experience and research, they function as an open space for deliberation, rigorous research, and dialogue in searching for new and better social and developmental models. They are also involved in various forms of public education by holding conferences, round tables providing press releases, organising briefings, offering education for political action, discussion and debate on cross cutting questions and offering valuable support to political parties in the field of educating for policy and politics.

Political foundations usually represent and advocate for views and solutions within their ideological spectrum and Think Tanks being more of independent policy research institutes. Both types of organisations attempt to define challenging topics in the functioning of the state, recognising trends, to pose well-informed/expert questions and offer diversity of firmly grounded and appropriate answers.

Since these organisations are positioned halfway between civil society and politics and in between scientific research and policy analysis their service is of utmost importance in translating interests and needs between different parts of the society and towards political arena.