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Political Science 385/African American Studies 385: New Black Political Leadership: Think Tanks and Public Policy Resources

Policy Institutes I

More nationally-focused public policy groups follow. Many of these groups are indexed by the database POLICYFILE, which allows you to search across various organizations and institutes.

  • Annenberg Public Policy Center Primarily focuses on the interplay of media, communications, and public policy.
  • The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
  • Brookings Institution --focuses on a wide range of issues from social policy to urban affairs to foreign policy. For a listing of research topics handled by the institute go to
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center --focuses on both issues of foreign and domestic public policy from a conservative perspective
  • National Center for Public Policy Research
  • Hoover Institution--located at Stanford University, focuses on a wide variety of public policy/affairs issues. Policy Review journal is available online back to 1996 ( Weekly essays on various topics of public policy importance are also located here.
  • Cato Institute--Performs research on a wide variety of issues from foreign policy to social policy.
  • Heritage Foundation--Has a very useful policy archive, catalogued by date and by subject. Click on "Heritage Research" for a list of possible topics.
  • Urban Institute--Non-partisan research group that focuses on various social and economic policy issues. Has many full-text research reports available online. Click on "research" for access to such reports.
  • Roper Center for Public Opinion Research--hosted at the University of Connecticut focuses on public opinion towards different social and political issues both currently and historically.
  • Public Agenda Online--holds short policy reports are available online. Must register (free) first though.
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies--Quoting the website, "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." Holds an excellent data bank (though a bit dated) which records data on african-americans and other minority representation, social characteristics, demographics, and economics. Also provides significant analysis of said data.

Policy Institutes II

There are numerous public policy institutes and research programs across the country that provide insightful analysis of numerous public policy/affairs issues at the national and subnational levels. A few are highlighted here. For a longer list, divided by state, please visit the STENNIS CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE. The Stennis Center for Public Service is a federal, legislative branch agency created by Congress in 1988 and is located near the campus of Mississippi State University. Many of the public service/policy institutes and think tanks listed have a state-specific focus. For a larger listing of relevant (national) think tanks and policy institutes, please visit the University of Michigan Think Tank Guide.

  • The Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to studying social problems and public policy.
  • The Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy is housed at Clark Atlanta University and focuses on public policy as it affects African-Americans. The SCSP publishes both the Status of Black Atlanta and the Georgia Legislative Review.
  • The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies is a well known institute that tends to focus its research on social issues such as welfare and the non-profit sector.

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