Mel Cappe, a professor at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and former president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, discusses the need for politics in good policy development.

In September 2011, on the occasion of the opening of the CIGI Campus and its 10th anniversary, CIGI hosted a conference on the topic of its very existence: "Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?" The event featured a keynote address and three roundtable discussions with Canadian and international experts on the role of social media in policy innovation, whether governments care more about politics than policy, and the issue of influence - who has it and how to get it.
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