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IT'S THE BIOLOGY, STUPID: The Policy Implications of Sociobiology

with Paul Ehrlich, Jeffrey Schloss, Lionel Tigervia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 1, 2001

Behavioral scientists have begun to argue that the findings of evolutionary science should have legal, political, and moral consequences. If behaviors such as procreation, aggression, or homosexuality are determined more by our biology than by our free will, then it is foolish, these scientists argue, to ignore that evidence. Does evolutionary science have any place in public policy? How useful is the knowledge of our biological evolution in determining the values of our legal, social, and political system?

HOT, HOT, HOT: The Future of Nuclear Power

with Dan Hirsch, A. David Rossin, Fred Wehlingvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 1, 2001

Is nuclear power making a comeback? More than twenty years after the accident at Three Mile Island and fifteen years after the reactor explosion at Chernobyl, the image of nuclear power seems to be changing once again. President Bush has included nuclear energy as part of his national energy plan. The nuclear industry has begun to promote nuclear energy as the clean energy alternative. And a recent poll showed that almost 60 percent of Californians favor nuclear power. So just how safe is nuclear power today? Does it make economic sense to start building new nuclear plants? And what do we do with the radioactive waste?

Analysis and Commentary

The IMF, Oil, and Russian Economic Policy

by Alvin Rabushka, Michael S. Bernstamvia
Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Given the IMF's assessment of Russia's current favorable macroeconomic environment (strong reserves, balanced budget, stable currency), the IMF states that the time is ripe to make progress on such structural and institutional reforms as creating a real banking sector and further reduce arrears. What's lacking in the IMF Outlook?

The Greening of U.S. Foreign Policy

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

The environmental movement has managed to place its agenda smack in the middle of American foreign policy. This is not good news. By Hoover fellow Terry L. Anderson.

Keeping Secrets in the Digital Age

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

To prevent the transfer abroad of sensitive technology, the United States has imposed drastic export controls. They don’t work. Hoover fellow Bruce Berkowitz offers a more sensible approach.

How Not to Protect Wildlife

by Ike C. Suggvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Under the Endangered Species Act, once a species is listed as endangered, it is more likely to go extinct than to recover. If only the act itself would become extinct. By Ike C. Sugg.

Fueling High-Tech Industries

by Paul M. Romervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Hoover fellow Paul M. Romer argues that our universities place far too much emphasis on preparing students for careers in academia and far too little on preparing them for careers in the private sector. He proposes a remedy.


Agriculture and the Environment: Searching for Greener Pastures

by Terry Anderson, Bruce Yandlevia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, April 27, 2001

The authors focus on the major environmental constraints that limit U.S. food production without necessarily improving environmental quality. Each chapter documents a specific issue, discusses the regulatory response, and offers ideas for reform.

Analysis and Commentary

The Environment Wins with Norton

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 5, 2001

The environment will win if the new administration pursues a theme of pragmatic environmentalism.

Analysis and Commentary

Who's in Charge of Government Revenue: Russia's Oil Firms or the Government?

by Alvin Rabushka, Michael S. Bernstamvia
Thursday, February 22, 2001

The Russian government has been compelled to reduce the export tax in order to improve incentives for oil producers.


Research Teams

The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.