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The China Syndrome

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

Despite China's stunning economic transformation, American critics still attack Beijing for denying its people democratic rights. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell says calm down. Democracy is more a response to prosperity than a cause of it.

Reengineering College Student Financial Aid

via Analysis
Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Our society continues to assign considerable value to higher education and, for the most part, desires to have it in the reach of deserving students. Differences arise, however, over the definition of deserving and who should pay for that education. When limited financial resources are available from government as well as from the private sector, student financial aid resources must be used efficiently. The congressional elections of 1994 and 1996 seem to indicate that the majority of the electorate desires to downsize big government, with its bureaucracy and red tape, and to bring decisions on policy and resource utilization closer to the affected populations and the taxpayers who must finance them.

The model presented in this essay seeks to assign to the three sources of student financial aid--the federal government, state governments, and the institutional and private sector--responsibility for helping to fund specific college costs that students and their parents cannot pay. The roles stipulated in the model for federal and state government adhere to the provisions of the United States Constitution. More than $50 billion is awarded each year in student financial aid; $35 billion of that comes from the federal treasury so federal programs receive particular attention.

Reducing the multiplicity of federal student aid programs will certainly be challenged by those who fear that their largesse from Washington will diminish. Resistance to the changes proposed in this essay can be expected, including the argument that these programs have worked well over time and simply need more funding to make them even better. This essay presents what it is hoped are compelling reasons for reengineering all student financial aid now. The changes will bring about greater effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.

Transforming Arkansas Government

by William D. Eggersvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

William D. Eggers on private efforts to streamline Arkansas’s wide-bodied state government

Broken Cities

by Steven Haywardvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

Liberalism’s urban legacy

Can-Do Unions

by Stephen Goldsmithvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

A Republican mayor learns that competition brings out the best in government workers

India: Asia's Next Tiger?

via Analysis
Sunday, February 1, 1998

India, a rare democracy in the third world, is widely perceived to be a political success, despite its economic failures. India's poor choice of economic policies, however, has a political motivation. Getting elected has required targeting tangible spoils to an increasingly well-organized, but fractured, electorate. Political patronage was the stimulus for interventionist economic management, eventually producing massive fiscal deficits. When the danger of defaulting on foreign debt became a reality in 1991, the country's leadership began to reevaluate the flawed economic policies without considering the flawed system of governance that accompanied and sustained the policy matrix. Patronage politics spawned corruption; money, muscle, or influence propelled public services and government, making the system of public administration as incompatible with liberalism as the system of economic regulation. Political and administrative imperatives impelled the country to economic policies that failed. Economic reform will not be complete until the underlying administrative imperatives are transformed by accountable governance.

Why You Can't Fire Anybody

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

A commercial pilot flies a jet while legally drunk. He's fired. And? And the courts force the airline to rehire him. Hoover fellow David R. Henderson examines the surreal world of American labor regulations.

Traditional Asia Meets the Modern West

by Alex Inkelesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

How economic growth is forcing the placid stream of traditional Asian culture to merge with the turbulent stream of modernity. By Hoover fellow Alex Inkeles.

Supply-Side Success As China's tax burden has fallen its GDP has soared

The Great Tax Cut of China

by Alvin Rabushkavia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Care for definitive proof that supply-side policies spur economic growth? Take a look at communist China. By Hoover fellow Alvin Rabushka.

A Budget Only the Beltway Could Love

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Despite the hurrahs among Republicans and Democrats alike after last summer's budget agreement, Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro sees little cause for celebration. A critique of a big deal.


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