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Policy Stories

The Road To Smart Power In The Middle East

by Russell A. Bermanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Russell Berman offers insight into the role of the United States in the Middle East and steps we can take to promote freedom and defend American national interests.

Policy Insights

Why Is Health Care So Expensive?

featuring the work of Milton Friedman, Daniel P. Kessler, John H. Cochrane, Lanhee J. Chen, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

It is no secret that the nation’s health care system needs reform. Washington spends more on health care than it does on any other part of the budget, including national defense or Social Security. Why is American health care so expensive?


Limiting Presidential Power: A Return To Constitutional Balance

by Michael McConnellvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The checks and balances set up by the Constitution are essential for protecting our individual liberties and promoting responsible governance.

Policy Briefs

Peter Berkowitz Illustrates The Beauty Of Natural Rights

by Peter Berkowitzvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Peter Berkowitz highlights the natural rights identified in the Declaration of Independence and reflects on their importance.

Friedman Fundamentals

The Consequences Of Socialism And Capitalism

featuring Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

When evaluating socialism or capitalism, it is essential to go beyond intentions and instead consider each system's results.

Policy Stories

America’s New Great-Power Competition With China

by Elizabeth Economyvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 2, 2021

The response of the United States to China’s growing global power will profoundly affect the trajectory of the 21st century.

Policy Insights

Fixing Economic Inequality

featuring the work of John B. Taylor, Lee Ohanian, Joshua D. Rauh, John H. Cochrane, John F. Cogan, Michael J. Boskin, David R. Henderson, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Monday, August 30, 2021

Is today’s economic inequality as grotesque and morally intolerable as many say it is? And, more importantly, will politicians proposed solutions expand economic opportunity for everyone?

Policy Stories

Overcoming Our Crisis Of Confidence In Democracy

by Morris P. Fiorinavia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Western democracies overcame a crisis of confidence decades ago. Can do they it again?

Friedman Fundamentals

Who Pays Corporate Taxes?

featuring Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Corporate taxes are ultimately paid by consumers, stakeholders, and workers.

UnArchived: Lessons From the Past

Stalin’s Crimes And Russia’s Future

by Paul R. Gregoryvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Although Vladimir Putin seeks to rehabilitate Josef Stalin’s image to legitimize his agenda, we must not forget the terror that Stalin unleashed on Russia.


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