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Publication.png Prospect 
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Founder(s)David Goodhart
FoundedOctober 1995
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Gives out annual Think Tank Awards in collaboration with Royal Dutch Shell

Prospect is a monthly British general-interest magazine, specializing in politics, economics, and current affairs. Topics covered include British, European, and US politics, social issues, art, literature, cinema, science, the media, history, philosophy, and psychology. Prospect features a mixture of lengthy analytic articles, first-person reportage, one-page columns, and shorter, quirky items.

The magazine was launched in October 1995 by David Goodhart, then a senior correspondent for the Financial Times (FT), and chairman Derek Coombs. Goodhart came up with the idea of producing an essay-based monthly general-interest magazine—a form at that time unknown in Britain—while covering German reunification as Bonn correspondent for the FT.

The Think Tank Awards

Prospect holds the annual Think Tank Awards, "which celebrate and reward the work of think tanks on a national and global scale".

Lending its name to an award to the US Air Force's RAND Corporation, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies or the deep state Brookings Institution is a strange thing to do for an independent magazine.

The awards are sponsored by Shell.

Categories include "Global Think Tank of the Year", "Publication of the Year", "North American Think Tank of the Year", "European Think Tank of the Year" (excluding Britain), 'UK Think Tank of the Year', and many sub-categories for the UK.

According to the official website, "The awards are judged by a cross-party panel looking for evidence of influence on public policy and on the public discourse. The judges will also consider the quality of research and potential of younger and smaller organisations." The awards have been running since 2001, and have been expanding exponentially to include more global awards for international Think Tanks.

Previous winners:








2010: (The judging panel was chaired by Ben Rogers, associate fellow of the IPPR and Demos, and included Kishwer Falkner, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the ministry of justice in the House of Lords; David Goodhart, Prospect editor-at-large; James Crabtree, Financial Times comment editor, and Rohan Silva, senior adviser to David Cameron.)

Winner: the Institute for Government.

2009: (The judging panel comprised Baroness Falkner (Liberal Democrat peer), David Halpern (the Institute for Government and former advisor to Tony Blair), Rohan Silva (special advisor to George Osborne MP), David Walker (the Audit Commission), and Prospect’s editor, David Goodhart, and managing editor, James Crabtree. A fuller report is here.[2])

2008: (David Walker again chaired of the panel of judges—read his speech here.[3])

2007: (David Walker chaired the panel of judges—read his speech here.<ref|title=The year in think tankery||access-date=2014-04-06}</ref>)

Runner-up: Centre Forum.

  • International tank: Centre for European Reform;

Runner-up international: RIIA.





  • Winner: Centre for European Reform. One to watch: Catalyst
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