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Policy Exchange is the UK’s leading think tank. As an educational charity our mission is to develop and promote new policy ideas which deliver better public services, a stronger society and a more dynamic economy.

The authority and credibility of our research is our greatest asset. Our research is independent and evidence-based and we share our ideas with policy makers from all sides of the political spectrum. Our research is strictly empirical and we do not take commissions. This allows us to be completely independent and make workable policy recommendations.

There are numerous examples of where our policy ideas have been taken forward by government. Below are just a few examples:

  • Directly elected police commissioners
  • The pupil premium
  • Free Schools

Our research predominantly falls under three main themes

  • Jobs and Growth
  • Poverty and Social Mobility
  • Public Services

We attract the highest calibre of speaker from across the political spectrum, both nationally and internationally. Previous speakers have included:

  • General David Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
  • John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair
  • Bill Bratton, former chief of police, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard
  • Edward Glaeser, author, Triumph of the City
  • Richard Thaler, co-author, Nudge
  • Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England

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