About Us

The Democracy Institute is a politically independent public policy research organization based in Washington and London. Founded in 2006, this think tank serves to further public education through the production and dissemination of accessible commentary and scholarship. The Democracy Institute aims to provide a balanced and thoughtful perspective on topical issues, promoting open and rational debate based on evidence rather than ideology. 

We commonly address public policy in comparative terms. Many of our research projects, therefore, have a transatlantic or international flavor. We are currently conducting and commissioning work in the following areas: democratization; education policy; electoral studies; the European Union; fiscal studies; health care; international relations; obesity; and the regulation of risk. The Democracy Institute welcomes enquiries, exchanges of ideas, and contributions from individuals or groups with an interest in these issues. 

An Advisory Council, comprised of internationally renowned scholars and writers in a variety of disciplines, guides the work of the Democracy Institute’s research staff. Collectively, they seek to challenge conventional wisdom, stimulate policy debate, and enlighten the public conversation.

Patrick Basham

Advisory Council
  • Nigel Ashford – Institute of Humane Studies
  • Juliette Baysham – Public Health Fellow
  • Jason Clemens – Fraser Institute
  • Veronique de Rugy – Mercatus Center
  • Chris Edwards – Cato Institute 
  • Roger Penn – International Business and Science Policy Fellow 
  • Jeremy Lott – Senior Fellow
  • Michael Mosbacher – Social Affairs Unit
  • Gerry Nicholls – Senior Fellow
  • Jeannie Cameron – International Law and Regulatory Fellow
  • Martin Zelder – Duke University
  • Alfred Ndemo – Senior fellow, African Governance Studies

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