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About The Phoenix Center

History and Background

The Phoenix Center was established in 1998 with a mission to provide independent assessments of the economic and material implications of regulatory and economic policy in the U.S. and abroad. To achieve this goal, the Center supports objective, solutions-based academic research unencumbered by political hyperbole, partisanship and ideological agendas.  Its work is grounded in fact, law and economic theory.

What makes the Phoenix Center particularly unique among Washington, D.C. think-tanks is that many of the Phoenix Center’s members have acted (and continue to act) as senior career staffers in government, rather than as political appointees. In so doing, the Phoenix Center’s atypical public/private collegial environment provides fertile ground for scholars and government alike to work towards developing real solutions for the complex problems facing the United States and the world.

Long-Term Goals

  • The Phoenix Center seeks to remind stakeholders that it is crucial to avoid political hyperbole and instead approach public policy with the analytical rigor and solemnity it deserves.
  • The Phoenix Center seeks to promote public confidence in the democratic process, government’s institutions and in the free enterprise system.
  • The Phoenix Center seeks to foster an environment where citizens can openly and vigorously debate today about what kind of a world they want to live in tomorrow.

Organization and Structure

As an independent and non-partisan non-profit 501(c)(3) research organization, Phoenix Center takes no official view or position on any public policy issue, nor does the Phoenix Center file pleadings or official testimony before regulatory or legislative bodies.

The immediate direction of the policies, program and staff of the Phoenix Center is vested in the President, who bears final responsibility for the decision to include material on this site or to publish material as a Phoenix Center Policy Paper. In reaching his judgment on the competence, accuracy and objectivity of each item, the President is advised by the Center's Adjunct Fellows who are recognized and respected experts in their areas of individual expertise, as well as weighs the views of the Phoenix Center's Editorial Advisory Board, which is also comprised of leading authorities from both the public and private sectors. These Board members generously volunteer their time and efforts to the mission of the Center and, as such, they act in strictly a personal capacity and not as any representative of their respective employers.

Accordingly, in order to maintain its position of neutrality on issues of public policy and to safeguard the analytical freedom of both its advisory board and those persons who contribute scholarly works, interpretations or conclusions of anything posted on this site should be understood to be solely those of the individual authors and should not be attributed to the Phoenix Center, its Professional Staff, Adjunct Fellows, Board of Editorial Advisors, or to any of the individual Fellows or Board member's respective employers.