National Center for Policy Analysis

National Center for Policy Analysis
National Center for Policy Analysis
Abbreviation NCPA
Motto Ideas Changing the World
Formation 1983
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters 12770 Coit Road, Suite 800
Location Dallas, TX
President John C. Goodman

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a non-profit American conservative think tank[1] whose goals are to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control. Topics addressed include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, education and environmental regulation.

The NCPA was founded in February 1983[2] by British businessman Antony Fisher[3] together with Dallas businessmen Russell Perry (CEO of Republic Financial Services),[4] Wayne Calloway (CEO of Frito-Lay), John F. Stephens (CEO of Employers Insurance of Texas),[5] and Jere W. Thompson (CEO of the Southland Corporation).



Its first offices were at the University of Dallas. The NCPA's founding and current president is libertarian economist John C. Goodman. Today the organisation has offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Leadership of the NCPA includes:

Media attention has focused on the NCPA (for example, US News & World Report [6], Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel [7], Orange County Register [8]) for rcommending pension reform legislation including automatic enrollment into companies' 401(k) plans. NCPA President John Goodman has written or co-authored numerous books, including Handbook on State Health Care Reform (ISBN 1-5680-8173-1) (2007), Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (ISBN 0-7425-4545-8) with Wall Street Journal editorial writer Kim Strassel (2005), Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World with Gerald L. Musgrave and Devon M. Herrick with a forward by Dr. Milton Friedman (ISBN 0-7425-4151-7) (2004), Patient Power: The Free-Enterprise Alternative to Clinton's Health Plan with Gerald L. Musgrave (ISBN 1-8825-7710-8) (1993).

The NCPA was a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition, an organization that described itself as "an alliance of some two dozen non-profit public policy groups concerned about the implications of the Kyoto Protocol for consumers," and which was generally skeptical of the anthropogenic theory of global warming.[9] NCPA has also attempted to debunk peak oil claims.[citation needed]

In 2005, the NCPA dismissed Bruce Bartlett, a Republican commentator, after he submitted a copy of the manuscript of his book, "The Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy."[10]


NCPA's revenues in 2007 were USD 8.7 million[11] and as of October 2009, the organizations's web site reported that for 2008 its funding breakdown was 39% from foundations, 39% from individuals and 22% from corporations.[12] In 1992, the New York Times reported that the NCPA was partially funded by the insurance industry.[13] According to an article in The Guardian newspaper, in 2008 the NCPA received USD 75,000 from ExxonMobil.[14]

According to Greenpeace, the NCPA received at least USD 570,000 from Koch Industries in the eleven-year period ending in 2008.[15]


The NCPA carries the following statement on its web site regarding global warming:

While the earth has warmed between 0.3 and 0.6 degrees Celsius and carbon dioxide (CO2), has increased more than 30 percent over the last 150 years, scientists still debate the extent to which human activity is the cause of global warming. NCPA scholars believe that while the causes and consequences of the earth’s current warming trend is still unknown, the cost of actions to substantially reduce CO2 emissions would be quite high and result in economic decline, accelerated environmental destruction, and do little or nothing to prevent global warming regardless of its cause.[16]

In a 2010 pamphlet entitled "What does Health Reform Mean for You?", the NCPA asserted without referencing any sources that under the health care reform law: "Most employers will have to reduce what they pay in wages and other benefits in order to afford the required coverage" and that "The extra burden on employers could cost as many as 700,000 jobs by 2019." [17]


The NCPA has been characterized as a "right wing think tank" by organizations including People for the American Way, a politically liberal advocacy organization, which noted that NCPA funding has come from foundations with a conservative orientation such as Bradley, Scaife, Koch, John M. Olin Foundation, Earhart Foundation, Castle Rock, and the JM Foundation.[18]


  1. ^ Kolata, Gina (March 8, 1992). "The philosophical fight over what insurance should be". The New York Times: p. E5. 
    Jackson, David (August 1, 1993). "Pursuit of ideas primes research institute; Conservative Dallas organization is part of movement to shape national politics". The Dallas Morning News: p. 37A.,E&p_text_date-0=08/01/1993%20to%2008/01/1993)&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=(Pursuit%20of%20ideas%20primes%20research%20institute)&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. 
    Warsh, David (April 28, 1996). "MSAs a suicidal shoal for GOP". The Boston Globe: p. A97.,E&p_text_date-0=4/28/1996%20to%204/28/1996)&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. 
    McKee, Mary (January 20, 2001). "Bush tie may benefit Dallas-based group; The think tank president has advised the president-elect on health care issues". Fort Worth Star-Telegram: p. 21.,E&p_text_date-0=01/20/2001%20to%2001/20/2001)&p_field_advanced-0=title&p_text_advanced-0=(Bush%20tie%20may%20benefit%20Dallas-based%20group)&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. 
  2. ^ Miller, Robert (June 27, 1988). "Is it too early to anticipate a spin with the '88 rotogravure?". The Dallas Morning News: p. 2D.'88%20ROTOGRAVURE&p_field_label-2=Section&p_bool_label-2=AND&s_dispstring=headline(IS%20IT%20TOO%20EARLY%20TO%20ANTICIPATE%20A%20SPIN%20WITH%20THE%20'88%20ROTOGRAVURE)%20AND%20date(all)&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. 
    Reed, Steven R. (September 30, 1990). "A Texas think tank for 'us' and 'them'". Houston Chronicle: p. 1. 
  3. ^ May, John Allan (January 19, 1984). "A quiet Briton whose think tanks back a free market". The Christian Science Monitor: p. 9. 
    Henderson, Keith (May 3, 1985). "Think tanks spread free-market ideas worldwide". The Christian Science Monitor: p. 23. 
  4. ^ Jennings, Diane (November 30, 1986). "Russell Perry - A transplanted Yankess combines his understanding of business and the community to become a major fund-raiser in his adopted city of Dallas". The Dallas Morning News: p. 1E.,E&p_text_date-0=11/30/1986%20to%2011/30/1986)&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=(Russell%20Perry)&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. 
    Aycock, Thomas Matthew (January 18, 2008). "Republic Financial Services". Texas State Historical Association. 
  5. ^ Simnacher,Joe (May 6, 2004). "John F. Stephens - Veteran, executive, civic activist". The Dallas Morning News: p. 9B.,E&p_text_date-0=05/06/2004%20to%2005/06/2004)&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. 
  6. ^ The Case Against 401(k) Automatic Enrollment, June 30, 2009
  7. ^ Look For Law To Boost Defined Contribution Plans by Humberto Cruz, August 23, 2006
  8. ^ Pension Protection Act puts the onus on you, September 4, 2006
  9. ^ "Testimony of David A. Ridenour Before the House Subcommittee on National Economic Growth". 1999-07-15. 
  10. ^ In Sign of Conservative Split, a Commentator Is Dismissed, By RICHARD W. STEVENSON, New York Times, October 18, 2005
  11. ^ "2007 NCPA Form 990". 
  12. ^ "Financial Statistic", National Center for Policy Analysis website, accessed October 12, 2009
  13. ^ Kolata, Gina (March 8, 1992). "The philosophical fight over what insurance should be". The New York Times: p. E5. 
  14. ^ ExxonMobil continuing to fund climate sceptic groups, records show, , retrieved December 5, 2010
  15. ^ "National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) - Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group". 
  16. ^ , retrieved February 13, 2011
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Overview of National Center for Policy Analysis". People for the American Way right wing watch. 

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