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Policy Stories

Reining In Federal Spending: Lessons From Social Security

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Limiting the growth in federal spending is difficult, but history tells us it is not impossible.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

The Bill Of Rights With Michael McConnell

by Michael McConnellvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Michael McConnell discusses the history of the Bill of Rights.


Temporary Fix, Permanent Cost: Why Health Insurance Is Expensive

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The long-term effects of wage and price controls during World War II show us how policies that sound good in the short term can have bad long-term consequences.

Policy Briefs

Michael Auslin On Engaging With China

by Michael R. Auslinvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Michael Auslin explains why we cannot accept what the government of China says at face value.

Friedman Fundamentals

The Costs And Benefits Of Fragmented Power

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Bureaucracies administer the power of the federal government often at great cost to taxpayers.


National Emergencies Do Not Expand Constitutional Power

by Clint Bolickvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 27, 2020

The federal government’s constitutional powers do not expand during national emergencies, with one notable exception.

Policy Insights

Free Speech

by Peter Berkowitz, Richard A. Epstein, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, David Davenport, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

While many Americans take free speech for granted, the tradition is far from universal. Many developed nations restrict speech that is deemed hurtful or offensive. And in the United States, there is increasing sentiment that some speech is not worth protecting. Is it time to reconsider the nation’s free-speech orthodoxy?


Toward A World Free From Nuclear Weapons

by James Goodbyvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Achieving a nuclear-free world starts with a joint effort from nuclear-capable countries to mitigate the factors that drive nations to possess these weapons.

Friedman Fundamentals

Decentralizing Schools

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

More school choice for parents and students is the surest way to improve school quality and promote innovation in education.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Smarter Climate Change Policy With Bjorn Lomborg

by Bjorn Lomborgvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Although climate change poses a serious threat, fearmongering about its effects distracts us from finding affordable and effective energy alternatives.


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.

The Hoover Institution

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:

    Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Family Foundation
    S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
    Kurt and Julie Hauser
    E.A. and Suzanne Maas
    Frank and Mona Mapel