The issues most important to Americans are decided outside the Beltway, in state houses and city halls across the nation. The Manhattan Institute develops innovative ideas - grounded in fiscal responsibility - to help state and local policymakers deliver strong economies, good schools, and safe neighborhoods.
The Manhattan Institute highlights how abundant and affordable power help fuel growth and prosperity. MI fellows use a common sense approach to environmental regulation and renewable energy and advance ideas rooted in free-market economic principles.
The Manhattan Institute pursues an aggressive reform agenda to ensure that all students receive a quality education. It is centered on four tenets: meaningful preparation for either college or the workforce; a focus on effective schools in all sectors; holding schools accountable, through systems that recognize the value of diverse outcomes tied to student needs; and policies to insure that schools are safe environments for students and staff.
The Manhattan Institute’s health policy team promotes policy reforms that empower patients and consumers by encouraging competition, transparency, accountability, and innovation. Our goal is a 21st century health care marketplace that better utilizes technology and new business models to offer consumers more accessible, higher quality care at a more affordable price.
In modern America, the rule of law is increasingly being eroded by trial lawyers, prosecutors, and socially oriented shareholder activists that manipulate legal rules to achieve policy objectives outside the normal bounds of legislative action and administrative rulemaking. Manhattan Institute studies civil litigation, overcriminalization and corporate governance to assess these trends and formulate policy solutions.
The Manhattan Institute brings cool-headed analysis to discussions of race, family, and society. MI raises questions about the limits of social policy and government welfare programs to achieve a crucial American goal: improve the lives of the minority poor.
The work of the Manhattan Institute is broadly informed by the perspective that market-based capitalism, over the past two centuries, has laid the foundation for unprecedented improvements in human flourishing. MI scholars aim to advance free enterprise, fiscal discipline, economic growth, and the rule of law.
Beginning with groundbreaking work in the 1980s on policing and welfare reform, the Manhattan Institute has consistently aimed at helping governments perform their vital, core responsibilities. MI has especially focused on ways to ensure that public services are effective and efficient in our cities, where new economic ideas are born.
Manhattan Institute's work is not limited only to in-depth policy research and proposals, but also to the wider issues in civil society.