CEI’s 40th Anniversary

This year CEI celebrates 40 years of eliminating excessive regulation and unleashing human potential.

Take a look back at some of the regulatory changes that we’ve accomplished together since 1984!

This anniversary year we unveiled a new logo that we plan to use for the entirety of our 40th year. In it, we represent the fire of ingenuity that freedom ignites in all people.

This new logo ties in with the theme for our 2024 Julian L. Simon Award Dinner:

Prometheus: Rebel for Humanity. Among the titans of Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to people, giving rise to the arts and sciences. We take inspiration as we fight for deregulation and sensible policies to unbind creativity and kindle the human innovative spirit.

Our Mission
CEI’s mission is to reform America’s unaccountable regulatory state. We develop and advocate policies to eliminate harmful bureaucratic controls so people can live in a freer, healthier, and more prosperous nation.

Our Vision
Our vision is a society thriving without unnecessary government burdens, where property rights are secure and Americans are free to prosper.

Who We Are
Founded in 1984, the Competitive Enterprise Institute is America’s leading advocate of regulatory reform on a wide range of policy issues. We fight for less regulation, more freedom, and fairness for all. Our proven comprehensive approach to advancing public policy turns policy proposals into concrete reforms by: 

  1. Producing Research and Analysis 

Each year CEI scholars publish dozens of exhaustive peer-reviewed studies making the case for policy reforms. Our research and analysis are cited thousands of times annually in major media outlets, relied upon by scholars and advocates, and used by members of Congress, executive branch officials, and other federal and state policymakers as the basis for reform actions and proposals. CEI policy analysts produce timely commentaries for major news organizations, appear on television, radio programs and podcasts, promote reform ideas through digital and online forums, and engage with other experts who cover economic policy areas.

  1. Persuading Policy Makers

With research, analysis, and policy proposals in hand, we craft advocacy campaigns to change minds and transform public policy. CEI experts meet regularly with members of Congress and state legislators, legislative staff, agency leaders, and administration officials. We leverage research and expertise to build strategic coalitions and to pursue policy reforms. And we actively participate in the regulatory process by testifying at congressional and agency hearings and meetings, and by filing comments on proposed rules, guidance documents, and other agency proposals.

  1. Pursuing Strategic Litigation

CEI initiates lawsuits and files amicus briefs that challenge the constitutionality of dubious statutes and the legality of onerous regulations. We have won precedent-setting rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts. But no matter the venue, CEI’s cases advance regulatory reform, increased government transparency and accountability, and a stronger commitment to the rule of law.

CEI is a non-partisan educational and research institute operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CEI accepts no government grants or contracts and has no endowment. Contributions to support our efforts are tax deductible.

CEI is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, educational institute.


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