Policy Exchange is a British centre-right to right-wing think tank based in London. In 2007 it was described in The Daily Telegraph as "the largest, but also the most influential think tank on the right". The Washington Post said Policy Exchange's reports "often inform government policy in Britain." and Iain Dale described it as the ‘pre-eminent think tank in the Westminster village”, in ConservativeHome. Policy Exchange is a registered charity.
|Formation||29 April 2002|
|Founder||Nick Boles, Francis Maude and Archie Norman|
Chairman of Trustees
|Alexander Downer, former High Commissioner of Australia to the United Kingdom|
Founded in 2002, it describes itself as an independent, non-partisan educational charity whose mission is to develop and promote new policy ideas that will deliver better public services, a stronger society and a more dynamic economy. Research programmes have cover education and social reform, energy and environment, Britain's place in the world, economic and industrial policy, housing policy, demography and immigration and security.
The policy ideas developed by the think tank which have been adopted as government policy include free schools, Police and Crime Commissioners, Garden Villages and protecting the armed forces from lawfare. Policy Exchange has a unit called Judicial Power Project that examines the power of the British judiciary and argues that unelected judges have accrued too much power.
It describes itself as seeking localist, volunteer and free-market solutions to public policy problems, with research programmes covering education and social reform, energy and environment, Britain’s place in the world, economics and industrial policy, housing policy, space, counter-terrorism and demography, integration and immigration.