The Group of 20 transnational policy community: governance networks, policy analysis and think tanks

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The G20 is an evolving international institution. Aided by both advances
in information technology and support from home governments, a number of
knowledge actors and networks seek to influence global economic
governance with policy analysis and advice. This article assesses the
international G20 think tank network called Think20 and the policy
advocacy of private research institutes (such the Lowy Institute in
Australia and the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in
Canada) which are in the orbit of the G20 policy community. Think20
assists the global economic governance processes of the G20 by
developing coordinative discourses' for policy development and
implementation. Points for practitioners Ideas matter but ideas that
imply major policy reform and innovation need to be made to matter if
they are to direct government action. Networks provide one mechanism to
broadcast and disseminate communicative discourses' to many different
publics - local as well as global - and the infrastructure to crystalize
and amplify coordinative discourses' underpinning the policy blueprints
and reform proposals of governments that must motivate their own
bureaucracies as well as collaborate with foreign government. This
article discusses some of the network tools and practices for consensus
building in transnational policy communities' that cultivate global
policy coordination.

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  • discourse institutionalism
  • global governance
  • knowledge utilization

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