The Brookings Institution

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The Brookings Institution, founded in in 1916 as the Institute for Government Research, is a very influential "center-right" think tank located in Washington D.C.. It is named for Robert Brookings, a businessman and philanthropist who co-founded the IGR and founded two additional organizations, the Institute of Economics and the Robert Brookings Graduate School (originally affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis); the three organizations merged and were renamed The Brookings Institution in 1927.

The Brookings Institution joined with the more conservative American Enterprise Institute in 1998 to form the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, which evaluates the impact of government regulation and offers suggestions for reform.

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Overview

From the Brookings Institution web site: brook.edu --also brookings.edu

The Brookings Institution, whose predecessor was founded in 1918 by Robert Somers Brookings, was probably the first public policy institute in the USA. Currently a right-wing, neoliberal, anti-regulation organisation, it has politcally veered between the centre and right during its lifetime.

Initially centrist, the Institution took its first step rightwards during the depression, in response to the New Deal. In the 1960s, it was linked to the conservative wing of the Democratic Party, backing Keynesian economics. From the mid-70s it cemented a close relationship with the Republican party. Since the 1990s it has taken steps further towards the right in parallel with the increasing influence of right-wing think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation.

Message from Strobe Talbott, Brookings President

"Welcome to the Brookings Institution's website, the address in cyberspace of our offices on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. You are a click away from entering the company of an extraordinary group of independent scholars who are thinking, researching, writing, and speaking about the major challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the world.

"Our founder--the entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert S. Brookings (1850-1932) believed in an intellectual corollary to the social contract: the governed and the government share responsibility for conducting the kind of rigorous, innovative, clearly presented analysis on which sound public policy depends.

"For more than eighty years, the Brookings Institution has provided a collegial, nonpartisan setting in which scholars of diverse perspectives and expertise have sought--sometimes individually, sometimes collaboratively--to probe the most pressing problems of their time and to identify realistic, constructive solutions.

"Brookings has dedicated itself to improving the equity of the American democratic process, the performance of the economy, the health of society, the effectiveness of diplomacy and defense, the quality of public discourse, and the workings of institutions--public and private, domestic and international.

"We've maintained a commitment both to the discipline of the social sciences and to the value of the interdisciplinary approach, especially when dealing with the complex and cross-cutting issues of a world that is drawing closer together and in which the lines are blurring between the domestic and the foreign, the local and the global.

"The remedies our scholars propose are rooted in open-minded inquiry, not in dogma or doctrine. Our product consists of books, reports, articles, scholarly conferences, and press briefings. This website is an orderly and welcoming repository of our output. It contains more than 25,000 separate items--in print, audio, video clips and photos. The latest, most-user friendly navigation tools help you sift through dynamically cross-referenced documents, purchase our books online, register for executive education courses, and apply our research models to your own data and ideas.

Mission

"The Brookings Institution is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, education, and publication focused on public policy issues in the areas of 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.

"In its conferences, publications, and other activities, Brookings serves as a bridge between scholarship and policymaking, bringing new knowledge to the attention of decisionmakers and affording scholars greater insight into public policy issues. The Institution's activities are carried out through three research programs (Economic Studies, Foreign Policy Studies, and Governance Studies), as well as through the Center for Public Policy Education and the Brookings Institution Press, which publishes about fifty books a year.

"The Brookings Institution traces its beginnings to 1916, when a group of leading reformers founded the Institute for Government Research (IGR), the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level. In 1922 and 1924, one of IGR's backers, Robert Somers Brookings (1850-1932), established two supporting sister organizations: the Institute of Economics and a graduate school bearing his name. In 1927, the three groups merged to form the Brookings Institution, honoring the businessman from St. Louis whose leadership shaped the earlier organizations.

"Today, Brookings is financed largely by an endowment and through the support of philanthropic foundations, corporations, and private individuals. The Institution's funds are devoted to carrying out its own research and educational activities. Brookings also undertakes some unclassified government contract studies, reserving the right to publish its findings from them."

Brookings scholars articled on Disinfopedia include Kenneth W. Dam, Kenneth M. Pollack, Peter Singer, James B. Steinberg, and Strobe Talbott.

Notable People

Board of Trustees

Funding

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Affiliations

Contact information

The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2188
Voice: (202) 797-6000
Fax: (202) 797-6004

  • Electronic contact page

Related Articles

Bibliography

The Brookings Institution (2003). Annual Report. Retrieved June 16, 2004.

External links

  • AEI-Brookings Joint Center
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Sam Husseini, Brookings - The Establishment's Think Tank, Extra!, FAIR, November/December 1998
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