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Real Prudential Regulatory Reform vs. Dodd-Frank

by Charles Calomirisvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 13, 2010

Dodd-Frank does not address the causes of our financial crisis. Let's consider reforms that do.

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Is Kemalism Dead in Turkey?

by Zeyno Baranvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 13, 2010

Turkey was founded as a secular republic, but today it is embracing Islamism over secularism.

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Profile in Courage: Harvey Mansfield

by Emily Esfahani Smithvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 13, 2010

The professor on the death of courage and the crisis of liberalism in the West.

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Multiculturalism Uber Alles?

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 13, 2010

Germans debate the role that multiculturalism, Islam, and Muslim immigration play in their culture.

Charles Phelps

How does good technology go bad?

by Charles E. Phelpsvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Incentives and information for providers and consumers could bring some rationality to this process

James Robinson

Property Rights and African Poverty

by James Robinsonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 15, 2010

Africa is not doomed to poverty, but it must improve its property rights institutions.

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Cap and Trade: An Inconvenient Tax

by Terry Anderson, Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Friday, October 30, 2009

The cap and trade proposal of the Democrats could be economically counterproductive and environmentally negligible.

Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover In

Where’s the Benefit?

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beneath piles of proposals, nothing but harm

John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution.

Joining the Policy Dialogue with Defining Ideas

by John Raisianvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 22, 2009

The mission of the Hoover Institution is to promote the principles of individual, economic, and political freedom, private enterprise, and representative government.

John F. Cogan

Doubling Down on a Flawed Insurance Model

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Obama’s health care plan takes the problems of the current system and makes them worse.


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