Double Helix Structure of Think Tank Research

PAN Jiaofeng1,2

(1.Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 100190)
(2.School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 100049)

【Abstract】As the role of think tanks in the process of advancing the modernization of the national governance system and governance capacity becomes increasingly prominent, the exploration on the paradigm, theories, and methodologies of think tank research becomes an important issue. This study raises the double helix structure of think tank research, which is a framework that not only conceptualizes think tank research but also provides practical guidance for think tank research. The outer circulation of the double helix structure conceptualizes the research process into question decomposing, interdisciplinary research, and regression to the true question. The inner circulation of the double helix structure is composed of process convergence method (Data–Information–Intelligence– Solution, DIIS) and logic layer method (Mechanism–Impact–Policy–Solution, MIPS), which separately target research process and research logic. The internal coupling relationship and the time–space domain are further analyzed. Finally, the theoretical value of the double helix structure of think tank research is raised, which can be considered as a new paradigm in conceptualizing and conducting think tank research.

【Keywords】 think tank; think tank research; double helix structure; Data–Information–Intelligence–Solution (DIIS); Mechanism–Impact–Policy–Solution (MIPS);

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【Funds】 Major Research Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (NSSFC) (18VZL003)

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ISSN:1000-3045

CN: 11-1806/N

Vol 35, No. 07, Pages 907-916

July 2020

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Abstract

  • 1 Double helix structure of think tank research
  • 2 Process convergence method: DIIS
  • 3 Logic layer method: MIPS
  • 4 Internal coupling relationship
  • 5 Concept of the time–space domain
  • 6 Discussion
  • References