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The Ten Causes of the Reagan Boom: 1982-1997

by Martin Andersonvia Analysis
Wednesday, October 1, 1997

In the United States the fifteen-year economic expansion that began in 1982, now called "the long boom" by economists, is the greatest economic boom in history--and it is still going.

Ten major factors that caused that boom are

  1. The vanished threat of nuclear war
  2. The spread of capitalism
  3. Easy taxes
  4. The computer revolution
  5. Control of government spending
  6. Deregulation
  7. Stable monetary policy
  8. Steady economic policy
  9. The U.S. capital base
  10. The superiority of the U.S. economy

We Hold These Truths

by Douglas W. Kmiecvia Policy Review
Monday, September 1, 1997

Doug Kmiec toasts the Supreme Court’s return to federalism

The Get Real Congress

by Tod Lindbergvia Policy Review
Monday, September 1, 1997

Conservative disappointments are more than just a failure of nerve

CPR for Tax Reform

by William A. Niskanenvia Policy Review
Monday, September 1, 1997

Tax-cut advocates try to regain some momentum

Town Square

via Policy Review
Monday, September 1, 1997

News from the Citizenship Movement

Profiles in Citizenship

by Lenore T. Ealyvia Policy Review
Monday, September 1, 1997

William Edwards: Education crusader in the rural South

Continuity and Change in Popular Values on the Pacific Rim

by Alex Inkelesvia Analysis
Friday, August 29, 1997

Although the economic transformation of many nations in Asia is widely recognized, equally profound processes of social and cultural change in these same societies have gone largely unnoticed. Yet without knowledge of those changes we cannot fully appreciate the extent of the Asian economic miracle or adequately assess its significance for the future incorporation of the rapidly developing Pacific Rim nations into the emergent world order of the twenty-first century. This essay presents the first results of a continuing program to assess the extent and form of changing popular values and attitudes in a number of the most important of the growth engines in the area such as Taiwan, mainland China, Singapore, Korea, and their forerunner, Japan. The evidence is drawn from public opinion polls and social surveys covering a span of decades. To be sure, the region provides evidence of the persistence of tradition, and even of its actual strengthening, under conditions of modernization. Examples are the sentiment of filial piety and the value of hard work and frugality. Nevertheless, the main fact is that in a large number of domains popular attitudes and values have been changing profoundly and at a surprisingly accelerated rate. Within little more than one generation the approach to selecting a marriage partner, the ways of spending leisure time, and basic values about what one's goals in life should be have all undergone profound and rapid shifts. Communal responsibility has come to be replaced by individual expression; the present is increasingly stressed over the past and the future; consumption more and more displaces saving and accumulation. These are all the hallmarks of modernity. The diffusion of these tendencies in Asian populations increases the facility with which they can be integrated in a new blending of the cultures of East and West. But the same processes present great challenges to the traditional bases of social integration and political cohesiveness of these societies.

Map of China and Hong Kong

Promises, Promises

by Alvin Rabushkavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Before taking over Hong Kong on July 1, mainland China promised to permit Hong Kong a wide degree of autonomy.Will China keep its promises? Hoover fellow Alvin Rabushka says no—and argues that it has already begun breaking them.

Where the Press Will Still Be Free

by Edward Neilanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Now that Hong Kong has reverted to the control of mainland China, Hoover media fellow Edward Neilan believes, Western correspondents will begin leaving Hong Kong to base themselves instead in Taiwan. A report from Taipei.

Nine Traits That Make Americans American

by Alex Inkelesvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

De Tocqueville and other observers marveled at the traits that made Americans different from other peoples. Hoover fellow Alex Inkeles brings the techniques of modern sociology to bear on nine traits that still set us apart.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.