SMEDJA i MEDIA
- om svenska tankesmedjors roll i dagspressen
Think Tanks in the Daily Press is an overview of the Swedish market of think tanks (or ”tankesmedjor”, ”thought forges”), primarily advocacy think tanks with an ideological mission, and how they use the daily press to influence the political climate. The study is comprised of a qualitative content analysis of three of Sweden´s biggest and most influential daily papers: Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter and Aftonbladet, over a time span of 10 years, 10 months and 10 days (2001-01-01 – 2010-10-10). The analysis focuses on ”viewpoint space” and the presence of ”competitive viewpoints” in a total of 928 articles where think tanks can be said to express a viewpoint based on the ideological or political views around which the think tank operates. The quantitative study is accompanied by a series of interviews: CEO:s at some of the leading Swedish think tanks, the editors of op-ed pages in the newspapers of the content analysis, the news editors, and scientists in the fields of Media and Political Science all give their view on how the think tanks operate in the daily press: How it has changed since the year 2000 and how the think tanks are likely to operate in the 10 years to come. The study also includes a historical overview of think tanks and the Swedish related term ”tankesmedja”, as well as problematization of the use of the Swedish word in relation to its American origin. Purpose: To get an overview of which attitudes towards Swedish advocacy think tanks that are present in editorial offices, and on the other hand, how the think tanks work in correlation with these offices.