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Getting Online: How States Can Address the Rural Broadband Adoption Gap

Reeve Jacobus, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Whether dealing with incarceration, health, or suicide rates, policy prescriptions that solve the problems of urban Americans aren’t often the same ones that will serve rural Americans best. This is especially evident when it comes to internet access across the country. While cities around the U.S. are […]

A Carceral Capital: Washington, D.C.’s Unique Criminal Justice Systems

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The capital of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, has a higher incarceration rate than any of the U.S. states. In fact, the District incarcerates people at a higher rate than any country in the world (including the U.S. as a whole). A complex […]

GW WonkCast S4E9: What is a Right?

We often hear the word “right” used in policy discussions and debates about federal programs. But what exactly is a right? What is the difference between a positive right and a negative right? How does our understanding of rights influence what we believe about the roles and responsibilities of a government and its citizens? This […]

Disabled, not Damaged: Applying the Social Model of Disability to Inclusion Initiatives

Jenna Shelton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Between 2018 and 2019, the prevalence of diversity and inclusion programs in workplaces increased by 8 percentage points. Diversity and inclusion initiatives pervade both the private and public sectors and are emphasized in many policy areas including employment, education, housing, and environmental policy. While the rise of diversity […]

A Closer Look at Universal Child Care

Maya Pendleton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives As an idea, universal child care is not new. In fact, the United States briefly implemented universal child care as a part of the 1940 Defense Housing and Community Facilities and Services Act (or the Latham Act). Under this law, all families were eligible for child care […]

Volume 26 is Now Online!

Volume 26 of Policy Perspectives is here! Many thanks to the authors and editors who made it possible. Click here for the lineup of articles and to read the volume in its entirety.

Today’s Public Administrators: Dr. Lori Brainard

Q&A compiled and edited by Thomas J. Rachko, Jr., MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives. Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sphere about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground.  In Fall 2018, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University reinvigorated its commitment to equity, diversity, […]