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POL 100: United States Government

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Public Policy Institutes

Public Policy Institutes

A public policy institute, also referred to as a "think tank," is an institute, corporation, or group organized specifically to conduct interdisciplinary research.  Public Policy Institutes are typically formed to research issues of policy and governmental concern and often to promote a specific set of values or point of view.  While all public policy institutes claim to be objective, most will have a partisan bent and you should pay specific attention to the wording and language that each Institute uses about its mission in order to determine its underlying beliefs.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research  

A private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. AEI's purpose is to serve leaders and the public through research and education on the most important issues of the day in the areas of economics, culture, politics, foreign affairs, and national defense.

The Brookings Institution

A nonprofit public policy organization that conducts independent research and provides recommendations that seek to strengthen American democracy, foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and, secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

The Center for American Progress 

The Center for American Progress addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care and specifically states that it develops new policy ideas, critiques the policy that stems from conservative values, and challenges the media to cover the issues that truly matter and shape the national debate.

The Heritage Foundation

A research and educational institution whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. 

National Center for Policy Analysis

A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization which develops and promotes private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Issues of interest include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.

The Rand Corporation

A nonpartisan organization, RAND focuses on issues of health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more.