Authoritarian states hold an advantage over democratic ones because they can act quickly and decisively, right? Wrong. Hoover fellow Barry R. Weingast and his coauthor, Kenneth A. Schultz, argue that every time an authoritarian state and a liberal state get into a protracted fight, the liberal state wins. Here Weingast and Schultz examine the century and a quarter of conflict between England and France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
From October 1994 to February 1995, Russian militants--the "party of war"--sought to block free-market reforms and to reestablish an imperial foreign policy. They almost got away with it. Hoover fellow John B. Dunlop tells the story.
"If you don't want to be forgotten," Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard's Almanac, "do something worth the writing, or write something worth the reading." Rose and Milton Friedman decided to do both, leading extraordinary lives, then composing their memoirs, on which they are now working. Here they pause from the hard labor of writing to talk with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson about their early years.
Nobel Prize–winner and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker has spent a career applying the discipline of economics to noneconomic problems, such as drug addiction and family formation. A glimpse of one of the profession's most intriguing thinkers. By Claire Mencke.
Affirmative action was supposed to be a temporary measure limited to blacks. It was soon made permanent and extended to Hispanics, women, and others. Editor in Chief of Forbes MediaCritic magazine and former Hoover media fellow Terry Eastland argues for ending affirmative action once and for all.
In 1992, Boris Yeltsin outlawed the Communist Party, declaring it a criminal organization. Party leaders challenged Yeltsin in court. Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman has been examining the documents in this historic case.
The Hoover Digest was conceived as a new and important vehicle to reach out to an informed public interested in knowledge and ideas about public policy. To set the stage and to describe the roots and purpose of the Hoover Institution, Director John Raisian offers background for the thinking and writings that will appear in this and future volumes.