Democracy Institute

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Democracy Institute
Abbreviation DI
Formation 2006
Type think tank
Headquarters Washington, DC, United States and London, UK
Patrick Basham

The Democracy Institute is a think-tank based in Washington, DC and London. It was founded in 2006.[1]

On its website the Institute says that "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."[1]

The Institute's founding Director, Patrick Basham, is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute,[2] and was previously the founding director of the Social Affairs Center at the Canadian Fraser Institute.[2]

The Institute's Advisory Council includes Chris Edwards, Christopher Preble and Marian Tupy of the Cato Institute, Martin Zelder of the University of Chicago and Ivan Eland of the Independent Institute. Jeremy Lott, formerly of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is a Senior Fellow of the Institute,[1] as is John Luik.[3] Nigel Ashford of the Institute for Humane Studies is also a member of the Council.

A 2006 Democracy Institute book by John Luik on "why graphic warnings don't work" (in reducing tobacco consumption) was acknowledged as being "made possible by funding provided by Imperial Tobacco Group PLC".[4]


  1. ^ a b c Democracy Institute, About Us, accessed 8 August 2010
  2. ^ a b Cato Institute, Patrick Basham, accessed 8 August 2010
  3. ^ Democracy Institute, 9 December 2009, Patrick Basham and John Luik on public smoking bans, October 26, 2009
  4. ^ John Luik (2006), "A Picture of Health? Why Graphic Warnings Don't Work", Democracy Institute

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