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
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.
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The federal government has great difficulty in running effective programs. For example, scientifically rigorous national studies almost unanimously find that federal social programs, such — Read more
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The U.S. tax system is monstrously complex and imposes hundreds of billions of dollars in compliance costs annually on the American people. Small businesses are — Read more
For decades, environmentalists have told us that using traditional fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, — Read more
The FairTax would replace the income tax and payroll taxes with a national sales tax and provide a rebate that ensuring that no American pays — Read more
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