Author Archives: briefpolicyperspectives

Modernizing America’s Voting System to Improve Voter Turnout

Reeve Jacobus, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Preliminary analyses suggest that young adults voted at a historically high rate in the 2018 midterm elections. A report by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that 31 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 turned out to vote […]

Safeguarding Individual Data in the 2020 Census

Jenna Shelton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives With the 2020 Census just around the corner, the Census Bureau announced it will apply differential privacy, a rigorous data protection practice, to its data collection methods. The announcement comes as several high-profile hacking and data abuse incidents—like those involving Facebook and Equifax— have left many people […]

How Correctional Institutions Can Help Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic

Thomas J. Rachko, Jr., MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In 2017, more than 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses. This alarming statistic represents a record high in annual overdose deaths and a roughly 20 percent increase from 2016, with nearly 200 people dying from drug overdoses each day. Over half […]

GW Wonkcast Summer Special: The Abolish ICE Movement and Immigration Reform

We’re hard at work preparing Season 4 of WonkCast, but in the meantime we have a Summer Special episode for you! The #AbolishICE movement has gained momentum this summer, but what would the success or failure of this movement look like in America? Join us for an in-depth discussion of ICE’s role in immigration policy and how […]

Assessing Disagreement Systematically in Policy Analysis

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Disagreement is a vital locus of any policy environment. Hours are spent in academic town halls, on prime time shows, and in parliaments around the world identifying policy resolutions. Disagreement in policy analysis can be a function of several factors: existing evidence, interpretation of that evidence, value […]

Volume 25 Now Online

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 25 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 25 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering six articles written by students, four exclusive alumni interviews, and a selection of our best blog posts from […]

Reducing Negative Externalities of Natural Gas Production: Exploring Regulatory Alternatives

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A recent Pew study found that Americans perceive climate change as one of the top global security threats, second only to ISIS. Ancipicating significant long-term costs to human and natural communities, regulatory agencies wrestle with how to best manage climate risks. While advances like hydraulic fracturing are thought […]