BY ADAM GIORGI Adam Giorgi is a proud Minnesotan seeking the intersection of government service and comic book superheroics. He is a master in public policy student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he swears he doesn’t draw cartoons during lectures (most of the time).
BY KATHERINE MANSTED Ninety-one percent of Internet users feel they have “lost control” of their personal information, Pew Research Center found in a 2016 poll. The exponential increase in the capacity of firms to collect, store, and analyze data raises significant privacy concerns. But the most significant challenge for policy makers is not the risk that personal data will be[...]
BY JOHN SCIANIMANICO David Ricardo, the father of modern-day trade theory, must be rolling in his grave. Ricardo’s doctrine of comparative advantage helps explain how the rise of international trade has benefited countries around the world. Global GDP per capita has exploded, life expectancy has increased, and billions have been lifted out of poverty. In 2013, an estimated 11.3 million[...]
BY KINGA TSHERING “Gross National Happiness measures the quality of a country in more holistic way and believes that the beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occurs side by side to complement and reinforce each other.” His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Fifth King of Bhutan (2006–) Is a car crash a good thing?[...]
BY COLIN MURPHY In the United States, twenty-two million people work in government. These people sweep our streets, educate our children, and protect our borders. So much of our quality of life depends on how well these employees and their teams are working. Government performance—the ability of the people and organizations within government to deliver services effectively and efficiently—matters because[...]
BY ANDREAS WESTGAARD As the 115th Congress continues to battle on issues like the Affordable Care Act, judicial nominations, and cabinet appointments, the media and partisans alike will hype the pervasive politics-as-blood-sport narrative. Diverging from that narrative, this piece focuses instead on what Republicans and Democrats could actually work on together. While bipartisan proposals will undoubtedly face obstacles and roadblocks,[...]
BY BRYNNA QUILLIN For almost a month after Election Day 2016, the race between incumbent North Carolina Republican governor Pat McCrory and his Democratic rival Roy Cooper remained contested. The race was tight, with just over ten thousand votes separating the two candidates. In a desperate attempt to hang on, McCrory cried fraud. McCrory’s campaign filed election complaints in fifty-two[...]
BY STEVEN SARAO Introduction It is estimated that over one thousand New Yorkers died of unintentional drug overdoses in 2016, more than three times the homicide rate in the city that same year., While a breakdown of the 2016 overdose data is not yet available, based on 2015 data we can expect the vast majority of these deaths were linked[...]