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  Alexis de Tocqueville Institution
E-Mail: webmaster@adti.net
611 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 119
Washington, DC 20003
"Since 1988, the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution has studied the spread and perfection of democracy around the world...In this, we follow the principles of Tocqueville himself, while claiming no unique mandate to represent them. Among these liberal ideals are civil liberty, political equality, and economic freedom and opportunity."
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
E-Mail: info@aei.org
1150 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-5800
Fax: 202-862-7177
The Institute "is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of freedom-limited government, private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and a strong foreign policy and national defense-through scholarly research, open debate, and publications."
(http://www.aei.org --> About AEI)
The Brookings Institution
E-Mail: webmaster@brookings.edu
1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-797-6000
Fax: 202-797-6004
"The Brookings Institution, one of Washington's oldest think tanks, is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, and governance. The goal of Brookings activities is to improve the performance of American institutions and the quality of public policy by using social science to analyze emerging issues and to offer practical approaches to those issues in language aimed at the general public."
  Capital Research Center
E-Mail: contact@capitalresearch.org
1513 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036-6900
Phone: 202-483-6900
Fax: 202-483-6902
"Capital Research Center (CRC) was established in 1984 to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism...Capital Research Center is analyzing organizations that promote the growth of the welfare state - now almost universally recognized as a failure - and in identifying viable private alternatives to government welfare programs."

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403
Phone: 202-842-0200
Fax: 202-842-3490
"The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government."
Center for Equal Opportunity
E-Mail: comment@ceousa.org
14 Pidgeon Hill Dr., Suite 500
Sterling, VA 20165
Phone: 703-421-5443
Fax: 703-421-6401
"As the only think tank devoted exclusively to the promotion of colorblind equal opportunity and racial harmony, the Center for Equal Opportunity is uniquely positioned to counter the divisive impact of race conscious public policies. CEO focuses on three areas in particular: racial preferences, immigration and assimilation and multicultural education."
Center for Policy Alternatives
E-Mail: info@cfpa.org
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-387-6030, 800-935-0699
Fax: 202-387-8529
"The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is the nation’s leading nonpartisan progressive public policy organization serving state legislators. CPA strengthens the capacity of state legislators to lead and achieve progressive change."
Economic Policy Institute
E-Mail: epi@epinet.org
1660 L St. NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-775-8810, 800-EPI-4844
Fax: 202-775-0819
"The mission of the Economic Policy Institute is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers."
Electronic Privacy Information Center
1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-483-1140
Fax: 202-483-1248
"EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values."
Ethics and Public Policy Center
E-Mail: Ethics@eppc.org
1015 15th St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-682-1200
Fax: 202-408-0632
"The Ethics and Public Policy Center was established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues."
Freedom Forum
E-Mail: news@freedomforum.org
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-528-0800
Fax: 703-522-4831
"The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment and newsroom diversity."
(http://www.freedomforum.org --> Who We Are)
The Heritage Foundation
E-Mail: info@heritage.org
214 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4999
Phone: 202-546-4400
Fax: 202-546-8328
"Founded in 1973, the Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute-a think tank-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."
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
E-Mail: horaney@hoover.stanford.edu
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
Phone: 650-723-1754, 877-466-8374
Fax: 650-723-1687
"...The overall mission of this Institution is, from its records, to recall the voice of experience against the making of war, and by the study of these records and their publication, to recall man's endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life. This Institution is not, and must not be, a mere library. But with these purposes as its goal, the Institution itself must constantly and dynamically point the road to peace, to personal freedom, and to the safeguards of the American system."
Hudson Institute
E-Mail: info@hudsondc.org
1015 18th St. NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-223-7770
Fax: 202-223-8537
"Hudson Institute’s mission is to be America’s premier source of applied research on enduring policy challenges...In Hudson Institute’s policy recommendations, articles, books, conferences, and contributions to the electronic media, we share optimism about the future and a willingness to question conventional wisdom. We demonstrate commitment to free markets and individual responsibility, confidence in the power of technology to assist progress, respect for the importance of culture and religion in human affairs, and determination to preserve America’s national security."
(http://www.hudson.org --> Learn about Hudson)
  The Independent Institute
E-Mail: info@independent.org
100 Swan Way
Oakland, CA 94621-1428
Phone: 510-632-1366
Fax: 510-568-6040
"The mission of The Independent Institute is to transcend the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefine the debate over public issues, and foster new and effective directions for government reform."
Institute for Policy Studies
E-Mail: jhuips@jhu.edu
Johns Hopkins University
Wyman Building
3400 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218-2696
Phone: 410-516-7174
Fax: 410-516-8233
"The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies seeks to improve the response of government, businesses, and nonprofit institutions locally, nationally, and internationally to such challenges as poverty, urban and regional changes."
Investor Responsibility Research Center
E-Mail: marketing@irrc.org
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-1702
Phone: 202-833-0700
Fax: 202-833-3555
"IRRC is an independent research firm that has been the leading source of high quality, impartial information on corporate governance and social responsibility issues affecting investors and corporations, for 30 years."
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
1090 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005-4928
Phone: 202-789-3500
Fax: 202-789-6390
"The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies informs and illuminates the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to: improve the socioeconomic status of black Americans and other minorities; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society." (http://www.jointcenter.org/mission/)
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
E-Mail: mi@manhattan-institute.org
52 Vanderbilt Ave., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-599-7000
Fax: 212-599-3494
"For 25 years, the Manhattan Institute has been an important force in shaping American political culture. We have supported and publicized research on our era’s most challenging public policy issues: taxes, welfare, crime, the legal system, urban life, race, education, and many other topics. We have won new respect for market-oriented policies and helped make reform a reality."
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
E-Mail: pripp@pacificresearch.org
755 Sansome St., Suite 450
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-989-0833
Fax: 415-989-2411
"Pacific Research Institute (PRI) is a free market think tank providing practical solutions for the issues that impact the lives of all individuals. Our mission is to champion freedom, opportunity and personal responsibility by advancing free-market policy solutions."
Progress and Freedom Foundation
E-Mail: mail@pff.org
1401 H St. NW, Suite 1075
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-289-8928
Fax: 202-289-6079
"The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. Its mission is to educate policymakers, opinion leaders and the public about issues associated with technological change, based on a philosophy of limited government, free markets and individual sovereignty."
Progressive Policy Institute
E-Mail: feedback form
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-547-0001
Fax: 202-544-5014
"PPI's mission is to define and promote a new progressive politics for America in the 21st century. Through its research, policies, and commentary, the Institute is fashioning a new governing philosophy and an agenda for public innovation geared to the Information Age."
(http://www.ppionline.org --> The Institute)
  Property and Environment Research Center
E-Mail: perc@perc.org
2048 Analysis Dr., Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
Phone: 406-587-9591
Fax: 406-586-7555
"PERC - Property and Environment Research Center is the nation's oldest and largest institute dedicated to original research that brings market principles to resolving environmental problems...PERC pioneered the approach known as free market environmentalism, which is based on the following tenets. Private property rights encourage stewardship of resources. Government subsidies often degrade the environment. Market incentives spur individuals to conserve resources and protect environmental quality. Polluters should be liable for the harm they cause others."
The Urban Institute
E-Mail: paffairs@ui.urban.org
2100 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-833-7200
Fax: 202-429-0687
"The Urban Institute measures effects, compares options, shows which stakeholders get the most and least, tests conventional wisdom, reveals trends, and makes costs, benefits, and risks explicit."
(http://www.urban.org --> About UI)
Worldwatch Institute
E-Mail: worldwatch@worldwatch.org
1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1904
Phone: 202-452-1999
Fax: 202-296-7365
"Founded by Lester Brown in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it."

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