Civitas

Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society is a cross-party think tank which strives to benefit public debate through independent research, reasoned argument, lucid explanation and open discussion. Founded in 2000 by Dr David G. Green – formerly Director of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs – Civitas has always stood apart from party politics and transitory intellectual fashions.

Its output has covered issues ranging from education and health to crime and freedom of speech. In recent years strong focuses of work have been on housing and industrial policy. Ongoing projects currently include Islam and the West, led by Ed Husain, and the Forum on Integration, Democracy and Extremism, led by Emma Webb.

Uniquely among think tanks, Civitas has always played an active, practical part in rebuilding civil society by running schools on Saturdays and after-school hours so that children who are falling behind at school can achieve their full potential. Civitas has also adapted the Core Knowledge curriculum for the UK, published a series of books based on it, and has supported many primary schools that have adopted the curriculum as their own.

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By Richard Norrie

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at the ideas behind what we call ‘hate crime’ as well as…

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By Phil Radford

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at UK trade in manufacturing, 2000-2019. Contrary to common perception, this analysis…

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By Joanna Williams

This report from UK think tank Civitas provides a critique of contemporary anti-racism programmes. By almost all statistical measures, Joanna…

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By Max Klinger; Jim McConalogue

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at how to address key challenges to British economic security posed by…

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By Jack Harris; Jim McConalogue

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at a debt equity-swap option to provide urgent liquidity to manufacturing companies.…

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By Peter Lilley

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at a responsible solution for social care. There was a glaring omission…

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By Jack Harris; Rachel Neal; Jim McConalogue

This report from UK think tank Civitas looks at the case for 'partial decoupling' to insulate against current economic dependence…

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By Joanna Williams

This report from UK think tank Civitas asks if we have abandoned freedom and equality. Attempts to criminalise speech that…

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