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Social Market Foundation (SMF) 2002f
11 Tufton Street London SW1P 3QB, United Kingdom
tel:44-20 7222 7060 fax:44-20 7222 0310

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1989.

General Description: SMF undertakes and commissions original research and writing on a range of public policy issues where understanding both the vitality of markets and the need for social consent can advance debate and help to shape new ideas. It develops ideas that are pro-market but not laissez-faire, setting markets in their social context and recognizing that outside the realm of theory they are underpinned by social consent. Unlike think tanks of the orthodox right, SMF believes in promoting sustainable welfare systems; and unlike think tanks of the established left, its agenda is to make these welfare systems provide better service to consumers through more effective competition and choice.

Annual Budget: USD 800,000 (2000)

(As of December, 2002)

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