The Center for Policy Innovation is Heritage's "think tank within a think tank." The Center is modeled on units within creative companies and specific institutions that develop breakthrough ideas.
There are fundamental methodological reasons whey successful examples of social policy are so difficult to replicate. That’s why we need to replace the “magic bullet” approach of government today with a “trail-and-error” approach to replicating success, based on decentralized design, devolution of funding, and the use of “perception information”.
The budget process should strive not merely to accommodate constitutional principles, but to advance them, reinforcing that framework as the fundamental platform for public policy. This discussion, therefore, examines selected reform proposals from the conviction that, as policymakers seek to craft a more rational process, they should focus on strengthening the practice of budgeting as a principal act of constitutional government.
Achieving greater economic mobility in the United States requires rebuilding social capital, created through personal interactions with other people, family, groups, or institutions. A promising strategy to do that is to envision certain types of institution as new forms of community anchors. Charter schools, religious organizations, housing organizations, and even virtual networks appear to be model.
Distinguished Fellow and Director, Center for Policy Innovation
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Stuart Butler discusses the individual mandate and Obamacare.
Stuart Butler goes head-to-head with other think tanks on their proposals for budget reform.
Stuart Butler discusses Heritage's Saving the American Dream plan on Lou Dobb's television program.
Alison Fraser and Stuart Butler comment on Heritage's Saving the American Dream budget plan on Fox News.
Stuart Butler discusses Social Security's 75th birthday.
Stuart Butler discusses how Unions are exempt from the tax on the Health Care Bill on WETA
Stuart Butler discusses the how the House Health Care Bill is exempting the Unions from being taxed on WETA.
Concord Coalition: Stuart Butler on Fiscal Wake Up Tour.
Stuart Butler commenting on ideas for Health Care Savings.
Stuart Butler discussing Obama's universal health care plan.
The Center for Policy Innovation is Heritage’s “think tank within a think tank.” The Center is modeled on those units within pace-setting companies and scientific institutions that develop breakthrough ideas.
The Center forms special teams of Heritage analysts and outside experts to explore and refine creative policy concepts and then feed them into the regular Heritage policy development process.
Much of the Center’s work is “experimental”, in which seminars, studies and Discussion Papers lay out policy ideas for examination and debate. After seeking reaction internally and externally, such policy thought experiments are refined and, in conjunction with Heritage research departments, turned into fully developed policy proposals.
In addition, the Center acts as one of Heritage’s links with the research community outside the Washington Beltway, fostering policy conversations and joint research projects.
This website provides a selection of cutting-edge papers and proposals generated by Heritage analysts and outside scholars on topics of particular focus for the Center. In keeping with the exploratory approach of the Center, the Key Documents included under each issue tab contain especially important policy ideas that push the envelope of discussion.
Is the too big to fail problem still with us? Has the implementation of key Dodd-Frank provisions lessened the probability banks will fail? — Read more
The security environment and diplomacy around American interests in the South China Sea become more complex by the day. China’s growing maritime might and — Read more
The U.S. and Japan share many interests in Southeast Asia, from development to military modernization. Where they can work together most productively and synergistically — Read more
In Reefer Sanity, Dr. Kevin Sabet considers the consequences of marijuana legalization. He uses a plethora of research – drawn from his almost two — Read more
A centennial from the beginning of World War I is a grim reminder of just how important U.S. leadership in the world is. The — Read more
In this book, Haroon K. Ullah analyzes the origins, ideologies, bases of support, and electoral successes of the largest and most influential Islamic parties in — Read more
Every election, as presidential hopefuls jockey for the Republican nomination, each one claims to be a “Reagan conservative.” But are these candidates truly carrying — Read more
In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Originally intended as a short, inconsequential gathering to — Read more
What does it mean for Iran to have nuclear weapons capabilities?And what should the United States do about this threatening situation? Iran’s advanced nuclear program may — Read more
Drawing on examples from the nation's past and present, Uncle Sam Can't Count provides a thorough economic history of why the federal government cannot – — Read more
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