Niskanen Center

For Research On Clean Infrastructure, Industrial Finance, And The Struggling Regions Initiative

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  • Date Awarded
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    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
This grant will support the Niskanen Center in its efforts to promote the ambitious use of industrial and energy-transmission policies to accelerate decarbonization and develop the economies of struggling regions in the U.S. The Niskanen Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank founded in 2015 by former libertarians who were interested in developing a center-right alternative to neoliberalism and promoting an open society to counter right-wing populism and its nationalist vision of the country’s future. Two separate Niskanen departments — Climate Policy and Poverty and Welfare Policy — will undertake the proposed work as a joint initiative. Specific research, communications, and policy development efforts will be designed to overcome the substantial coordination and information failures that prevent the economy from decarbonizing and reaching its full potential. Changes to the way the U.S. approaches economic development and energy transmission will be developed, with an emphasis on providing benefits to the country’s struggling regions. In this way, Niskanen aims to address regional inequalities, while building support and reducing political resistance to decarbonization. (Substrategy: U.S. National Policy).
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for the Climate and Struggling Regions programs  
The Niskanen Center approaches pressing problems with policy solutions that are innovative, practical, and relevant to the current moment. The organization pursues a research agenda to identify chokepoints to decarbonization and economic health for struggling communities, designs policy options to overcome them, and methodically and energetically promotes its research and proposals to policymakers and governing elites in Washington, D.C. This grant supports both Niskanen’s Climate and Struggling Regions programs. (Substrategy: U.S. National Policy).
for general operating support  
The Niskanen Center works to advance an open society by active engagement in the war of ideas, direct engagement in the policymaking process, and through the courts with amicus briefs and pro bono representation. It develops policy proposals, mobilizes other groups to support those proposals, promotes those ideas to legislative and executive decision makers, builds short- and longer-term coalitions to facilitate joint action, establishes strong working relationships with allied legislative and executive branch actors, and marshals the most convincing arguments and information in support of its agenda. In late 2021 the Niskanen Center launched a new State Capacity Project to investigate and suggest remedies for the declining quality of public administration in the United States in recent decades.

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