The Role of Think Tanks in Generating Policy Ideas
Many policy ideas are originated and driven by not-for-profit foundations and trade associations. This class will explore how ideas are generated and promoted by such 501 (c) 3 organizations.
Guest speaker: Doug Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum. Holtz-Eakin was the Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in 2001-02. From 2003-2005 he was the 6th Director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which provides budgetary and policy analysis to the U.S. Congress. During his tenure, CBO assisted Congress as they addressed numerous policies — notably the 2003 tax cuts (JGTRRA), the Medicare prescription drug bill (MMA), and Social Security reform. During 2007 and 2008 he was Director of Domestic and Economic Policy for the John McCain presidential campaign.
IOP Spring 2018 Resident Fellow Ed Gillespie