Centre for Policy Studies

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The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) is a UK think tank. It was set up in 1974 by Margaret Thatcher, Keith Joseph and Alfred Sherman. Keith Joseph, who was head of policy at the Conservative Party between 1975 and its successful election in 1979, was strongly influenced by the Institute of Economic Affairs. He helped set up the CPS as a kind of politicized version of the IEA, with the aim of promulgating its ideals around the political establishment -- in particular, around the Conservative Party [1].

During Margaret Thatcher's tenure as Prime Minister, the CPS enjoyed a considerable influence over policy, which declined rapidly following the departure of Keith Joseph from government in 1986, and Thatcher's removal in 1990.

The CPS 'develops and publishes public policy proposals and arranges seminars and lectures on topical policy issues, as part of its mission to influence policy around the world. It also maintains a range of informal contacts with politicians, policymakers, civil servants and the press, in Britain and abroad.' and 'can claim a large share of the credit for initiating policies such as privatisation, trade union reform, council house sales, pensions deregulation, education reform, free trade, health service reform and the recent restructuring of the tax system to favour traditional families.'

In 2006 they received some funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Previous employees


Accessed April 2013: [1]

Advisory Board

Accessed April 2013: [2]

Australian Subsidiary

Michael G. Porter who generally worked through the Institute of Public Affairs, set up a CPS subsidiary at Monash University in Victoria. It failed to get long-term funding, and Porter went on to set up the Tasman Institute which had links to the Institute for Public Affairs.


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  1. Centre for Policy Studies Board, organizational web page, accessed April 11, 2013.
  2. Centre for Policy Studies Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed April 11, 2013.