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posted by Blasdelb
on Feb 28, 2013 -
The High Budgetary Cost of Incaceration
) "The United States currently incarcerates a higher share of its population than any other country in the world. We calculate that a reduction in incarceration rates just to the level we had in 1993 (which was already high by historical standards) would lower correctional expenditures by $16.9 billion per year, with the large majority of these savings accruing to financially squeezed state and local governments. As a group, state governments could save $7.6 billion, while local governments could save $7.2 billion."
posted by OmieWise
on Jun 18, 2010 -
compiles research and recommendations from think tanks, universities, government agencies and foundations into one browseable/searchable site. Designed to give the
layperson free, centralized access to subject-specific information on public policy in the USA, Policy Archive offers quick links to topics
like banking & finance
, and military
. Or just browse by who wrote
, or funded
a given bit of research. 16,000+ documents and growing.
posted by Rykey
on Nov 22, 2008 -
Constitutional Showdowns. Eric Posner
and Adrian Vermeule
analyze constitutional showdowns, ask what rate and level of showdowns would be socially optimal, and ask whether socially optimal showdowns will be supplied by government institutions acting to promote their policy preferences and institutional interests.
posted by dios
on Aug 10, 2007 -
The Climate Engineers
. "Efforts to manipulate the climate and weather have a long history of exaggerated claims and beliefs, and a dangerous tendency to become militarized. Even if they succeed, who will control the global thermostat?"
Public policy scholar James R. Fleming explores the issues in a Wilson Quarterly article.
posted by amyms
on Jul 19, 2007 -
The Happy Planet Index
presents an alternative to GDP for measuring standard of living. It ranks countries by measuring life expectancy and self-reported life satisfaction against an "ecological footprint" needed to support that country's lifestyle. The press release
claims that well-being is not based on high levels of consumption, but many don't agree
. Full report in PDF here
. Vanuatu tops the charts, while Zimbabwe and Swaziland lie at bottom. Critiques here
, and here
. A critique of happiness indices generally here.
posted by shivohum
on Jun 3, 2007 -
Low-Income Children At Risk "Low-income children are disproportionately exposed to a daunting array of adverse social and physical environmental conditions,"
according to Gary Evans of Cornell University. Evans reviewed almost 200 studies to document the environment of childhood poverty in the current issue of American Psychologist (Vol. 59:2, 77-92, 2004).
Public policy also tends to consider just one "magic bullet" at a time, Evans says. "To make a difference, we need to take a broader perspective for intervention.”
What public policy changes
would you suggest to protect and enrich the lives of children in low-income communities?
posted by mcgraw
on Apr 13, 2004 -
The No Child Left Behind Act
is probably the most sweeping educational reform to pass in a long time and it seems to be pretty bipartisan in its content
, it passed the Senate today and Bush will be signing it into law. Holy cow, have the politicians done something right
for a change?
posted by owillis
on Dec 18, 2001 -
"The Price Of Motherhood"
Ann Crittenden explores the contradictory nature of child-rearing in our society. "The policies of American business, government, and the law do not reflect Americans’ stated values. Across the board, individuals who assume the role of nurturer are punished and discouraged from performing the very tasks that everyone agrees are essential. "
Do you agree with Crittenden's assessment? If so, what steps can be taken to find a balance between what's good for society and business and what's good for kids? (Assuming that the two are mutually exclusive.)
posted by Dreama
on May 10, 2001 -