How the Hoover Institution Vacuums Up Big Conservative Bucks - 2015-04-21
The Hoover Institution began as a library in 1919 and has grown into one of America's top think tanks over the years. It ranked number #19 on a 2014 UPenn think tank report, below such outfits as Brookings Institution (#1) and conservative giant the American Enterprise Institute (#12). That influence is striking, giving that Hoover is located nearly 3,000 miles from Washington, DC, on the campus of Stanford University.
Like AEI, Hoover might be described as a moderate conservative think tank—in contrast, say, to the Heritage Foundation and other policy shops that push a harder line and have been aligned in recent years with the Tea Party.
Hoover's moderate positioning makes sense, since Herbert Hoover himself was certainly no doctrinaire conservative and even considered being a Democrat at one time. The Hoover Institution's mission includes principles such as "representative government, private enterprise, peace, and personal freedom" and senior fellows at the institution have included Condoleezza Rice, economist Thomas Sowell, and author Shelby Steele.