Lux et Data: ISPS Blog
Natural Disasters and the State: Inevitability vs. Responsibility
April 15, 2013Over the long term, disasters aggravate inequality, hurting already vulnerable people the most.
What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Budgets
April 9, 2013Even the most well intentioned discussions of the federal budget can reinforce some bad political and journalistic habits.
ISPS Panel Tackles Tough Questions on Medicare
April 3, 2013Watch the video: ISPS panel on Medicare
Dorian Warren on Engaged Scholarship
March 6, 2013At the ISPS Public Policy workshop, Dorian Warren (Columbia) discussed the challenges and benefits of "engaged scholarship."
Should Climate Scientists Speak Out?
March 1, 2013Climate scientists are in a unique position to speak to the public about climate change
Taking the World by Storm
February 18, 2013The 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...
What Works? Panel Offers Research on Gun Violence and Policy
February 13, 2013The ISPS Special Panel Event “Preventing Gun Violence"
Degrees of Mobility
February 5, 2013A 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.
Panel on Confidentiality and Open Access to Research Data at the International Digital Curation Conference
February 4, 2013In 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.
Violence Prevention Programs Should Target Neighborhoods, Not Just Individuals
January 29, 2013The 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.
ISPS Faculty Discuss a Policy Agenda for the Second Obama Administration
January 23, 2013On 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.
Micro-Policing Can Reduce Violence in Urban Hot Spots
January 22, 2013According 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.
The Filibuster, the Fiscal Cliff, and the Costs of Congressional Procedure
January 15, 2013Although 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
How Conservative Governors End up Accepting Federal Disaster Assistance
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.
Numbers and Values in Regulatory Decision Making
December 14, 2012In 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.