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Policy Briefs

Michael Auslin On Spying And National Security

by Michael R. Auslinvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It is important to understand the scope of foreign infiltration in order to prevent it.

Perspectives on Policy

Perspectives On Policy: Lowering The Cost Of Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Broad access to quality health care starts with making it less expensive through increased competition and eliminating harmful regulations.

Policy Briefs

John Cogan Tells Us How To Think About Entitlements

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Entitlement programs fulfill the normal human desire to help those who cannot help themselves. But we must always remember that they also impose a penalty on work, because benefits have to be phased out as income rises. It is important to balance benefits granted and costs imposed.

Office Hours

Office Hours: David Henderson On Smart Climate Change Policies

by David R. Hendersonvia PolicyEd
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hoover Institution Research Fellow David Henderson responds to your questions on how to identify smart climate change policies.

Policy Briefs

Peter Berkowitz On The Prevention Of Abuses Of Power

by Peter Berkowitzvia PolicyEd
Thursday, November 8, 2018

A well-designed constitution protects individual freedoms by preventing the abuse of power by the government. Each branch of government acts to check and balance the other branches of government. The real protection of our freedoms is the prevention of abuses of power through the wise structure of the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary.

Reforming Regulation

by Michael J. Boskinvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

There are often economic, health, safety, environmental, and other benefits that justify regulation. But it is important to keep in mind that many of them create a drag on the economy by imposing costs or stifling innovation and competition. Once implemented, we need to track their impact and periodically reevaluate them. An ongoing goal should be to achieve the original goals at a lower cost.

Perspectives on Policy

Unstable Majorities

by Morris P. Fiorinavia PolicyEd
Monday, October 22, 2018

In the aftermath of the most contentious Supreme Court nomination in modern history, many people are left with the belief that America is more polarized than ever. But the truth is more complicated. Watch Hoover Senior Fellow Morris Fiorina explain why.

Intellections

The Danger Of Regulatory Capture

by John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Regulatory capture occurs when regulatory agencies become dominated by the very industries they were charged with regulating, prompting regulators to advance the goals and interests of those industries. While regulation is necessary and can be done well, it must always be balanced against the potential for unintended consequences that harm the consumers it is intended to protect.

Policy Briefs

Adam White On How The Unelected Judiciary Prevents The Tyranny Of The Majority

by Adam J. Whitevia PolicyEd
Friday, September 28, 2018

Majority rule is a critical part of democracy, but without legal protections minority groups could be subject to abuses by the majority. Courts and the judicial branch play an important role in protecting their rights and limiting the excesses that would otherwise happen.

Corporate Tax Reform

by John H. Cochrane , Michael J. Boskin, Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 27, 2018

In late December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. A key part of the law lowered the tax rate for both traditional corporations and pass-through entities like S-corps. With so many important issues facing the country why was Congress focused on the corporate tax rate?

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Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.


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Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution has sought to promote economic opportunity and prosperity, secure peace, and improve the human condition. Unique among policy research organizations, Hoover is part of a world-renowned university. In addition to being scholars, our fellows are educators.

Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights, we have launched the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to:

  • Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
  • Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy.

This effort will build on our legacy of substantive policy inquiry where partisan advocacy has become the norm.

 
The Hoover Institution acknowledges significant gifts in support of its Education Americans in Public Policy initiative from the following generous and committed family foundations and individuals:

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