Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meet the Most Powerful Think Tankers of 2015

Politico Magazine has just released its annual list of the most interesting thinkers, doers, and visionaries who are transforming American politics in 2015.  And it is no surprise that several think tankers are on the list, including:
  • Charles Murray, the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), is on the list for being "the rule breaker."
  • Heather Boushey, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Executive Director/Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, is on the list for being a "campaigner for families."
  • Ramesh Ponnuru, a Visiting Fellow at AEI, is on the list with his wife April Ponnuru for being "the conservative ideas power couple."
  • Oren Cass, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is on the list for being "the conservative poverty crusader."
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Senior Fellow and Chief Economist at the Roosevelt Institute, is on the list for "calling foul on economic inequality."
  • Timothy Carney, a Visiting Fellow at AEI and Veronique de Rugy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, are on the list for "helping put the Export-Import Bank at the center of a big political fight."
  • Lanhee Chen, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution is on the list for being "the GOP's most-courted ideas adviser."

Although, he is not technically a think tanker, we would be remiss to point out that that Raj Chetty, an economist at Harvard and Stanford, also made the list.  His bio in the Politico piece points out that he "has become one of Hillary Clinton's ideas men" on inequality issues, and Clinton cited his research in a talk at the Center for American Progress in March..