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Thinking About ThinkTanks: Think Tank Directory A-Z


American Civil Liberties Union
Group opposes virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by the U.S. government.  

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Influential mainstream conservative organization.  

The Annenberg Public Policy Center
Concerned with the media and the press, and their influence in society and politics. 

The Brookings Institution
Covers a wide range of issues. Look under "Publications".

Cato Institute
Advocate of free markets, limited government and individual rights.

Center for Immigration Studies 

Council on Foreign Relations: The Immigration Debate 
Pre-eminent resource for all sides of policy and opinion on foreign affairs.

This organization lobbies federal and state policymakers to “addres[s] the economic insecurity and inequality that characterize American society today”; promotes “ideas for reducing gaps in wealth, income and political influence”; and favors tax hikes for the wealthy.

Economic Policy Institute
Sustained critique of conservative economic assumptions. Backed by labor unions. This organization believes that “government must play an active role in protecting the economically vulnerable, ensuring equal opportunity, and improving the well-being of all Americans.”

Fair Immigration Reform Movement 

Family Research Council 
Defending, as they say, "family, faith and freedom", the FRC addresses a host of subjects including marriage and family, bioethics, abortion, religion, culture, economics and taxes.

Foreign Policy Research Institute
Sophisticated Regan redux generally critical of neo-conservatism.

Federation for American Immigration Reform 
Anti-Immigration branded as a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Heritage Foundation 
Influential, mainstream conservatism advocates for traditional values and anti-tax, anti-regulatory policies.

Institute for Research on Poverty (UW Madison!)
Statistics, definitions, causes and effects.

The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
The Institute, associated with Rice University, conducts research and programs in many areas, the majority of which have to do with foreign policy and economics. Its research bias is conservative, though its papers (under "Publications") offer views not always associated with conservatism.

Kaiser Family Foundation 
Research on health, labor, welfare, education and nutrition.

PEW Research Center 

Public Citizen 
Founded by Ralph Nader focusing on consumer health, safety, world trade and democracy. It also provides a Whitehouse-for-sale website and Tools for Smart Consumers.

The RAND Corporation 
Addresses issues related to low-income and minority Americans.

Southern Poverty Law Center (Civil Rights Advocacy Group)

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