Advancing a Free Society (AFS) is a product of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, featuring content that is:
- short and relevant to current policy debates;
- produced by Hoover fellows and scholars associated with our working groups and task forces;
- directed at the core of the institution’s vision – ideas defining a free society.
AFS covers a wide range of subject matters, including economic policy, foreign and national security challenges, education reform, legal issues, and a number of other topics. Most of it is written content, but there are also embedded video clips of TV and radio interviews, along with graphs, diagrams, and slides. Some of the material is exclusive to this site, while much of it is excerpted and linked from other places where Hoover fellows and scholars are appearing.
If Advancing a Free Society interests you, please visit Defining Ideas, where you will find a collection of original, longer-length essays and thought pieces.
The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy—domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, who later became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution originated as a specialized collection of documents on the causes and consequences of World War I. The collection grew rapidly and soon became one of the largest archives and most complete libraries in the world devoted to political, economic, and social change in the twentieth century.
By the late 1940s, the richness of the collection had attracted scholars to use the documents in their work. Expanding its agenda to include specific research endeavors led to a vast accumulation of knowledge, and the Hoover Institution became one of the first and most distinguished academic centers in the United States dedicated to public policy research.
Today, with its world-renowned group of scholars and ongoing programs of policy-oriented research, the Hoover Institution puts its accumulated knowledge to work as a prominent contributor to the world marketplace of ideas defining a free society.