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featuring Jacquelyn Schneider, Amy Zegart, H. R. McMaster, Herbert Lin, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 27, 2021

From pipeline hacks leading to gasoline shortages to disinformation campaigns during elections, cyberattacks are becoming a more frequent source of disruption in people’s lives. Finding the right responses to these attacks isn’t obvious. Can we take lessons from traditional warfare, or do cyberattacks demand an entirely different response?


Poorly Targeted: Student Loan Forgiveness

by Michael J. Petrillivia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Rather than forgiving student loans across the board, targeted assistance is a better way to benefit the people who need the most help.

Policy Briefs

Larry Diamond Calls On Democracies To Resist China’s Global Power

by Larry Diamondvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Larry Diamond calls on the democracies of the world to counter China’s sharp-power activities.

Policy Stories

Lessons Of History For A Post-COVID America

by Niall Fergusonvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Niall Ferguson puts the 2020 pandemic into perspective and explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.

The Human Prosperity Project

The China Model: Not One To Emulate

by Elizabeth Economyvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Though the Chinese model of governance is appealing to many authoritarian leaders, its absence of democratic norms and institutions encourages corruption and constrains healthy economic growth.

Friedman Fundamentals

The Growth Of Freedom

featuring Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A reason for optimism: freedom has been on the rise for two centuries.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Latinos, Immigrants, And Elections

by David L. Lealvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 6, 2021

David Leal explains how the Latino segment of the US electorate fits into the political landscape.


The Truth About Stimulus Checks

by John B. Taylor, John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Stimulus checks add billions to the federal debt that must be paid back eventually, often offsetting their effectiveness.

Policy Briefs

H. R. McMaster Advises On How To Overcome Strategic Narcissism

by H. R. McMastervia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 29, 2021

H. R. McMaster defines strategic narcissism in foreign affairs and presents the tools we need to overcome it.

UnArchived: Lessons From the Past

The Problem With Wage And Price Controls: Lessons From The 1970s

by John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Artificially manipulating prices in order to solve political problems only leads to detrimental shortages, job losses, and other economic hardships.


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