The Fraser Institute vs. the CCPA: A Comparison Comparison Essay by Incubus101

The Fraser Institute vs. the CCPA: A Comparison
A comparison essay on the relative influence of two Canadian think tanks: the Fraser Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
# 119593 | 1,327 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | CA

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This paper explores the influence of think tanks in the realm of public opinion and policy shaping. The focus is primarily on the Fraser Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and their respective histories. The paper explains that these think tanks stand at opposite ends of the political spectrum, and opines that the CCPA was created as an opposition to the Fraser Institute.

From the Paper:

"In 1974, the Fraser Institute was created out of a concern that the government was becoming too big. Founded by a group of economists including T. Patrick Boyle, the Fraser Institute was established as an "independent non-partisan research and educational organization." While their mission statement claims that the institute is nonpartisan and they receive no funding from any political party, the Fraser Institute has developed a reputation for its conservative leanings and has been categorized as a conservative advocacy think tank by many scholars.
"They have advocated that the solution to education performance is "to give individual schools more autonomy and empower parents to choose the school that will best serve their child's educational needs" They are also well-known for their economic viewpoints that emphasize reducing the role of government. Their view on tax rates is that they "continue to hinder economic progress and competitiveness...because they discourage the very productive behavior we need more of.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abelson, D.E. 2002. Do Think Tanks Matter: Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. London. McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Knox, J. 18 June 2009. Fraser Institute School Rankings Now A Learning Disability. Victoria Times.
  • Montani, A. 2009 Feb. School Ranking: Public Shaming With a Statistical Veneer. The Lead Up.
  • Randle, C. 27 May 2009. How would a left-wing think tank rate hospitals? Vancouver Sun

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