Category Social Policy

Measuring Migrant Happiness: The 2018 World Happiness Report and Implications for Public Policy

Lena Nour, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Many Americans consider the pursuit of happiness an unalienable right and one of our nation’s founding freedoms. In 2012, the United Nations Sustainable Development Program developed the World Happiness Report (WHR), an annual report examining overall happiness and social well-being in 156 countries around the world. This […]

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 […]

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 […]

GW WonkCast S3E13-1: Below the Fold: Medicare Legislation and Proposed Changes to Immigration Policy

In this Below the Fold, first learn about “Choose Medicare” legislation by Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon that would allow individuals and businesses to purchase Medicare plans. Next, learn about a proposal from the Department of Homeland Security to add a public charge to immigration applicants, meaning a charge in the […]

Necessary Force: How California Seeks to Save Lives with One Word

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives From Ferguson to Sacramento, fatal police shootings are becoming more frequently discussed. Tensions between police and constituents, particularly in minority communities, are not new, but protests and calls for action over the recent high profile incidents of police violence are gaining momentum. The movement is also influencing policy; […]