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Thinking Socially About Campaign Finance

May 17, 2013

Are political camps and their donors wasting their money? Erin Thomas looks at the psychology of persuasion.

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Time to Clean Up State Elections

May 10, 2013

Raph Graybill warns that the negative consequences of the campaign finance arms race in federal elections could also hurt good government at the local level.

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Tracey Meares on “Smart, Tough, and Fair: Reducing Crime in 60 Minutes or Less"

April 18, 2013

Drawing from decades of work, Professor Meares highlighted three conceptual approaches to gun violence.

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Natural Disasters and the State: Inevitability vs. Responsibility

April 15, 2013

Over the long term, disasters aggravate inequality, hurting already vulnerable people the most.

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What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Budgets

April 9, 2013

Even the most well intentioned discussions of the federal budget can reinforce some bad political and journalistic habits.

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ISPS Panel Tackles Tough Questions on Medicare

April 3, 2013

Watch the video: ISPS panel on Medicare

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Dorian Warren on Engaged Scholarship

March 6, 2013

At the ISPS Public Policy workshop, Dorian Warren (Columbia) discussed the challenges and benefits of "engaged scholarship."

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Should Climate Scientists Speak Out?

March 1, 2013

Climate scientists are in a unique position to speak to the public about climate change

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Taking the World by Storm

February 18, 2013

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency and National Guard soldiers are, as I write, driving Humvees up and down the streets of New Haven...

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What Works? Panel Offers Research on Gun Violence and Policy

February 13, 2013

The ISPS Special Panel Event “Preventing Gun Violence"

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Degrees of Mobility

February 5, 2013

A new study on the consequences of income inequality for college attendance confirms what many Americans already fear: colleges are not the engines of social and economic mobility we need them to be.

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Panel on Confidentiality and Open Access to Research Data at the International Digital Curation Conference

February 4, 2013

In his talk at IDCC, Ewan Birney, Associate Director of the EMBL European Informatics Institute, described how the field of genomics has paved the path to large-scale data sharing. The field now publicly confronts the issues arising from breaches to privacy as a result of such sharing.

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Violence Prevention Programs Should Target Neighborhoods, Not Just Individuals

January 29, 2013

The window for renewing the Violence Against Women Act of 2012 (VAWA) has closed. Though new VAWA legislation was recently introduced in the Senate, Congress has no excuse for failing to reauthorize VAWA during the last two years.

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ISPS Faculty Discuss a Policy Agenda for the Second Obama Administration

January 23, 2013

On Tuesday, January 22, ISPS inaugurated a new series of workshops on public policy with a panel on the Obama administration’s policy agenda for the next four years. The panel featured three ISPS faculty: Amanda Kowalski spoke about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Eleanor Powell dealt with the prospects for filibuster reform; and Vesla Weaver assessed the prospect of immigration reform.

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Micro-Policing Can Reduce Violence in Urban Hot Spots

January 22, 2013

According to the FBI, a gun murder occurs about once every hour of every day; 8775 times a year in the U.S. in 2010. However, while some neighborhoods certainly experience a disproportionate amount of street violence, the reality is that it’s only a handful of street corners in these neighborhoods that really account for the vast majority of gun murders and assaults in high-violence areas.

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The Filibuster, the Fiscal Cliff, and the Costs of Congressional Procedure
Adam Dynes

January 15, 2013

Although overlooked in most news coverage, Congressional procedures play an important role in policy outcomes. Indeed, the fiscal cliff might not have even been an issue if not for the filibuster, which has pushed Congress to employ existing legislative procedures in ways that go beyond their intended purposes and resulted in sub optimal outcomes, such as the fiscal cliff

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How Conservative Governors End up Accepting Federal Disaster Assistance
Andy Horowitz

January 7, 2013

"This is why the American people hate Congress,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashed out on Tuesday after the House of Representatives refused to appropriate funding for Hurricane Sandy relief before the end of the 2012 session.

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Numbers and Values in Regulatory Decision Making

December 14, 2012

In his recent talk at ISPS, Harvard Law School professor and former director of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, made particular note of an element of Executive Order 13563 which, he said, for the first time enshrines seemingly unquantifiable considerations of “equity, human dignity, [and] fairness” into the regulatory review process.

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April 30th Event: A Fairer Future

May 1, 2012

On April 30 ISPS hosted an all-day event on the federal budget to discuss the ways in which social science scholarship on policy issues can help inform the federal government’s responses to those challenges.

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