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Policy Insights

America: Growth Of A Young Nation

featuring Condoleezza Rice, Edward Paul Lazear, Larry Diamond, Michael McConnell, H. R. McMaster, George P. Shultz, General Jim Mattisvia PolicyEd
Friday, July 2, 2021

What makes the American experiment unique and what can we do to improve it?

Policy Insights

State Budget Woes

featuring Joshua D. Rauh, Lee Ohanian, Michael J. Boskin, John H. Cochrane, Richard A. Epstein, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 1, 2021

State and local officials continue to face significant budget challenges that predate the pandemic. What are these budget challenges and what can state lawmakers do to address them?

Policy Stories

Tax Flight: Behavioral Responses To State Income Taxation

by Joshua D. Rauhvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Tax rate increases in California led many high earners to move, bringing in less revenue than expected.

UnArchived: Lessons From the Past

By Constitutional Design: The Electoral College

by John Yoovia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Electoral College encourages presidential campaigns to appeal to moderate voters, not just their most avid supporters.

Policy Briefs

John Yoo Asks, “Why Do We Need A Constitution?”

by John Yoovia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

John Yoo answers the question, “Why do we need a constitution?”

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Banks, Regulations, And The Financial Crisis With Amit Seru

by Amit Seruvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Amit Seru provides an overview of the financial regulations and challenges facing the banking sector.

Office Hours

The Case For American Engagement Abroad: Office Hours With H.R. McMaster

interview with H. R. McMastervia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hoover Institution senior fellow H.R. McMaster answers the most frequently asked questions from his video series “The Fight to Defend the Free World.”

Don't Give Up On Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A 2019 experiment by Hoover Institution senior fellow Larry Diamond shows that Americans have not given up on democracy, but restoring faith in our system will require an intentional effort to engage with people who hold opposing viewpoints.

Friedman Fundamentals

When The Government Does Too Much

featuring Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 3, 2021

The federal government needs to return its focus to the services that only it can perform.

Policy Briefs

H. R. McMaster Explains What It Means To Have A Strategy

by H. R. McMastervia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

H. R. McMaster explains why having a strategy is essential to making progress against an adversary.


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