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ABOUT MANHATTAN INSTITUTE


For over 30 years, the Manhattan Institute has been an important force in shaping American political culture and developing ideas that foster economic choice and individual responsibility. We have supported and publicized research on our era's most challenging public policy issues: taxes, health care, energy, the legal system, policing, crime, homeland security, urban life, education, race, culture, and many others. Our work has won new respect for market-oriented policies and helped make reform a reality.

Located in New York City, the Manhattan Institute produces ideas that are both literally and figuratively outside the Beltway. We have cultivated a staff of senior fellows and writers whose provocative books, essays, reviews, interviews, speeches, and op-ed pieces communicate our message and influence the debate. These fellows work in the Institute's six policy centers, which study and promote reform in areas ranging from health care, higher education, legal policy, urban development, immigration, energy, and the economy.

Our program of luncheon forums, conferences, and publications reaches a broad audience. Our ideas are taken seriously—even by those who disagree with us—and our prescriptions are often put into practice. Some of the country's most innovative mayors, governors, and policymakers have acknowledged a debt to the Manhattan Institute, as have many influential writers, journalists, and authors.

From our founding, the Manhattan Institute has also supported books that drive policy discussion. We ensure that our authors meet the rigorous intellectual and editorial standards demanded by major publishers, and we energetically promote the books to the media, opinion leaders, and the general public. Our most successful books have opened new intellectual frontiers and given impetus to whole movements for political and social reform.

In 2011, not one, but two Manhattan Institute books made the National Chamber Foundation's annual top ten list of "Books That Drive the Debate": Steve Malanga's Shakedown, a perfectly timed reportage of how public sector unions plunder state and local treasuries, and Robert Bryce's Power Hungry, described in the Wall Street Journal as a "brutal, brilliant exploration" of the deluded quest for green energy. Triumph of the City by economist Ed Glaeser debunked the myth that the liberal urban agenda benefits cities, and earned a place on the New York Times bestseller list, an excerpt in The Atlantic, and a segment on The Daily Show. And Mort Kondracke called Nicole Gelinas's book, After the Fall, "one of the best analyses I've read on the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown."

City Journal is a cutting-edge magazine published quarterly by the Manhattan Institute and devoted to culture, urban affairs, and civic life. Through subscriptions, citations, and reprints in a host of major newspapers across the country, City Journal commands the attention of opinion makers, political leaders, and all those who care about the American future. The magazine's elegantly designed website—which posts new stories and editorials every week, and now attracts millions of visits per year—has been particularly successful, answering in part the question that the Power Line blog has posed admiringly: "How is it possible for a quarterly magazine to seem the most timely publication in the country?" George Will might agree. "As the journalist enterprises multiply and the cacophony increases, a few publications of reliable excellence become increasingly important," he says. "The City Journal is at the top of the short list of those few."


"City Journal is, quite simply, one of the best things in the entire intellectual conservative movement, and thus one of the best things for intellectual life in America. ... Reading it every quarter gives me ideas for my radio show..."

William J. Bennett, Radio Host, Washington fellow, The Claremont Institute


City JournalEdited by Brian C. Anderson, City Journal boasts a stable of outstanding regular contributors, including Theodore Dalrymple, Nicole Gelinas, Kay S. Hymowitz, Heather Mac Donald, Myron Magnet, Steven Malanga, Judith Miller, and Sol Stern. To date, twenty-four compilations of the magazine's influential essays—on topics ranging from immigration to marriage to education to urban policy—have been released as books, among them Mac Donald's The Burden of Bad Ideas and Malanga's The New New Left.

In fall 2010, City Journal celebrated its twentieth anniversary of publication. One of many well-wishers, Rudolph Giuliani said "[City] Journal has been the leading thought-provoker for good ideas for straightening out cities and states over the last 20 years. Congratulations to City Journal on 20 years urban intelligence and urban transformation–I'm looking forward to 20 more."

Our scholars and trustees have frequently been honored for their work. Recent honorees include Bradley Prize winner Heather Mac Donald; the late Walter Wriston, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom; and Manhattan Institute chairman emeritus Roger Hertog and City Journal editor-at-large Myron Magnet, were the recipients of the National Humanities Medal.

Looking toward the future, the Manhattan Institute launched the Young Leaders Circle in January 2007, to provide a forum for young professionals in the New York metropolitan area interested in free-market ideas and public policy. The circle already has over 100 members, who hear such leading thinkers as David Brooks, Shelby Steele, William Kristol, and Steve Forbes discuss the pressing issues of the day in an evening lecture and cocktail party series.

Combining intellectual seriousness and practical wisdom with intelligent marketing and focused advocacy, the Manhattan Institute has achieved a reputation not only for effectiveness, but also for efficient use of its resources. Through a continuing emphasis on quality, we hope to sustain and augment our record of success.


"When some future historian chronicles . . . New York City's intellectual life during the last two decades of the twentieth century, his first task will be to explain why the policies that helped transform the nation's greatest metropolis were hatched not by the professoriat . . . or in the editorial pages of the New York Times, but rather by the independent cadre of thinkers . . . associated with the Manhattan Institute."

Sam Tanenhaus,
"A Laboratory For Change"


 

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