Hudson Institute

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The Hudson Institute is a United States, non-partisan, conservative think tank founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York by the futurist Herman Kahn and other colleagues from the RAND Corporation. The Institute promotes public policy change in accordance with its stated values of a "commitment to free markets and individual responsibility, confidence in the power of technology to assist progress, respect for the importance of culture and religion in human affairs, and determination to preserve America's national security." It is the organization about which the phrase "think tank" was coined.

After Kahn's death, Hudson moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984, but the Hudson Institute Board of Trustees resolved on 2004-04-01 that the institute move its headquarters from Indianapolis and consolidate its offices and research activities in Washington, DC.

The President of the Hudson Institute is John London who holds the John M. Olin professorship at New York University. He is also on the board of associates at the Palmer R. Chitester Fund


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Policy Positions

The Hudson Institute's experts try to work toward a broad view of society and change, looking for the interplay between culture, demography, technology, markets, and political leadership.

In the 1970s, Hudsonís scholars advocated a turn away from the "no-growth" policies of the Club of Rome; in the early 1990s, it advised the newly-liberated Baltic nations on becoming market economies; it assisted in drafting the Wisconsin welfare reform law that became the model for national welfare reform in the mid-1990s. The Institute has taken positions critical of environmentalism and the organic movement (Dennis Avery, as Director of the Hudson's Center for Global Food Issues, has been high profile in this respect). Today, it is developing programs of political and economic reform with the aim of transforming the Muslim world.

Notable Trustees and Fellows

In 1990 fellow Bruce Chapman founded another think tank, the Discovery Institute.

High profile politicians who have been affilitated with Hudson include former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels.

Other members include:

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