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About

Founded in 1976, the Ethics and Public Policy Center is Washington, D.C.’s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy. From the Cold War to the war on terrorism, from disputes over the role of religion in public life to battles over the nature of the family, EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend and promote our nation’s founding principles—respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government.

EPPC is unique among Washington think tanks in its ability to develop and promote these ethical imperatives:

We deal openly and explicitly with religious and moral issues in addressing contemporary issues. We work to clarify the ways in which moral principles shape the choices that political leaders must make in our democracy.

We are genuinely ecumenical and interreligious. Our Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars probe the riches of their own traditions, forge alliances within their communities, and work together to promote a shared understanding of the common good.

Our outstanding scholars write books that are widely read, publish articles in the popular press and in scholarly journals, and appear frequently on television and radio. We have close working relationships with key public-policy leaders in the nation’s capital and across the country.

Our reputation for excellence has been built up over four decades.

Through its core programs, EPPC and its scholars work to influence policymakers and to transform the culture through the world of ideas.