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The Human Prosperity Project

Why Communism Failed And Liberal Democracy Prospered

by Peter Berkowitzvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Liberal democracy triumphs where communism fails because it limits the government’s ability to make important decisions on behalf of its citizens.

The Human Prosperity Project

Socialism And Free-Market Capitalism: The Human Prosperity Project

by Edward Paul Lazear, Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Human Prosperity Project at the Hoover Institution analyzes free-market capitalism and socialism to assess how each system affects human flourishing.

Policy Insights

Fixing The Way We Regulate

by Michael J. Boskin, Richard A. Epstein, David R. Henderson, Lee Ohanian, John Yoo, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Health care is not the only industry where regulations often do more harm than good. From state and local policies on housing and labor rules to federal environment and banking laws, misguided regulations can hurt the economy, reduce opportunities for workers, and limit choices for consumers.

Friedman Fundamentals

Good Intentions Gone Awry

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 19, 2020

When reformers create new regulations, they leave behind money and power that special interests benefit from.

Perspectives on Policy

Addressing The Housing Crisis

by Lee Ohanianvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Well-intentioned housing policies, like zoning laws and environmental rules, have made it expensive and often impossible to build enough homes to meet rising demand.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

State Budgets: Hidden Debt And Hidden Deficits w/ Joshua Rauh

by Joshua D. Rauhvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 5, 2020

State and local governments are not setting aside nearly enough money to pay for the pensions they have promised to their workers. As a result, taxpayers will have to make up any shortfalls in the form of higher taxes or fewer public services.

Friedman Fundamentals

How Government Power Threatens Freedom

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The greatest threat to human freedom is the concentration of power, often by the government.

Policy Insights

Energy Policy Insight

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., Michael J. Boskin, James L. Sweeney, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Over the last quarter century, the United States has experienced a dramatic transformation. With little fanfare, an energy revolution has occurred that has profoundly altered the nation’s economy, its national security, and its environment. No longer beholden to foreign nations to meet its energy demands, the United States now produces more energy than it consumes.

Perspectives on Policy

The Supreme Court’s Role In Restoring Federalism

by John Yoovia PolicyEd
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

To restore the balance between states and the federal government envisioned in the Constitution, the Supreme Court must return to the original understanding of the spending and commerce clauses.

Intellections

A New Way To Help The Homeless

by Michael S. Bernstamvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

One novel idea to help the homeless is to house them in group quarters run by licensed professionals.

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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.


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