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Public Policy and Administration

Use this guide to find information and research on topics in the field of public policy and administration

What Are Think Tanks?

Think tank is a phrase used to describe organizations (usually non-profit) which conduct public policy research and analysis.

They often publish papers based on their research and make them available for free on their web sites.

Some think tanks are non-partison, but others advocate particular political positions. Be sure to take this into consideration when evaluating their material.

Right, Left, Center?

The Think Tank Spectrum in Extra!, a publication of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) compiled a list categorizing some of the most frequently cited think tanks as conservative, progressive, centrist, etc.

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