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Organizations that conduct research on social, economic, political or other issues, publishing their findings to influence government policies

A think tank or policy institute is a research institute and organization that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology and culture. Most policy institutes are non-profit organizations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax exempt status. Other think tanks are funded by governments, advocacy groups or corporations, and derive revenue from consulting or research work related to their projects.

Articles

Selling Ideas, by Lew Rockwell, 21 Dec 2005
Discusses the 2005 incident involving Bandow and Jack Abramoff and reminds us of previous incidents of left-vs.-right attacks (and vice versa), concluding with quotes from Mises' Liberalism (1927)
The innovation of the think tank was the first step toward helping the [political] parties put a veneer of science and public spiritedness on their looting. Beyond their pretensions, however, it is the dreadful reality that government-centered think tanks are nothing more than intellectual covers for special interests, and this is true of the right and the left. Today their main function is to launder money so that intellectuals and others ... can appear to avoid overt conflicts of interest. How can you know the difference between the fake and the real institutions of research? Their proximity to power is the best clue.
The think tank boom, by Peter Orvetti, Libertarian Party News, Feb 2000

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Think tank" as of 3 Dec 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.