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Ed Crane is the founder and president emeritus of the Cato Institute. Under his leadership, the Cato Institute grew to become one of the nation’s most prominent public policy research organizations. He stepped down as president and CEO in October 2012.

Crane has been a pioneer in framing the political debate as one, not between liberal and conservative, but rather between civil society (the voluntary sector) and political society (government power). He was at the forefront of promoting personal accounts in lieu of the current Social Security system, and was one of the first national leaders of the term limits movement. Crane is the coeditor of several books, publisher of Regulation magazine, serves on the boards of U.S. Term Limits and the Center for Competitive Politics, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is a chartered financial analyst and former vice president at Alliance Capital Management Corp. Crane’s writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Forbes. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and other media.

Crane holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

More from Edward H. Crane


Mitt Romney v. Barack Obama: Go to Bed Early on Election Night

Forbes. November 6, 2012.

Meet the Parents of the Super PACs

The Wall Street Journal. February 11, 2012.

Why Ron Paul Matters

The Wall Street Journal. December 31, 2011.


Business and the Fight for a Free Society

Cato's Letters. No. 11. Spring 1996.

An American Debate

The Politics and Law of Term Limits. 1994.

Public Filings

Campaign Finance Reform

Testimony. September 24, 1997.

Campaign Finance Reform

Testimony. November 16, 1995.

Congressional Term Limits

Testimony. January 25, 1995.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Obamacare: Medical Malpractice

Policy Report. May/June 2009.

The Illusion of Accountability

Policy Report. May/June 2012.

Afghanistan: Lost Opportunity for the GOP?

Policy Report. November/December 2009.


Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2012

March 16, 2012. City Seminar.

Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution

February 16, 2012. Book Forum.

Ending the Global War on Drugs

November 15, 2011. Conference.