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Beating Europe’s Addiction to Russian Oil and Gas

Matthew Dotzler, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The fight for the soul of Eastern Europe has continued since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the rise of the Russian Federation. The former Soviet states have come far since being released from the shackles of the USSR, but their independence and freedom is always under […]

The Argentine Financial Crisis: Causes and Lessons Learned

Jason Marshall, MPP Summary of the Crisis The 2001-2002 Argentine Financial Crisis was the culmination of an overreaction to a history of hyperinflation, an unwillingness to address needed structural reforms, and a macro-economic strategy that left Argentina totally exposed to external shocks and swings in global capital flows. While just a decade earlier Argentina was […]

Reflecting on Policy Perspectives Launch

In the pause of summer, we at Policy Perspectives reflect on all of the great work that the 2016-17 staff accomplished last year! Volume 24 of Policy Perspectives was released at a launch event on Friday, May 5 in the Marvin Center. Students, staff, and friends heard a Q&A with the authors, presentations on each […]

Volume 24 is Live!

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 24 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 24 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering seven articles, a book review, and a selection of our best blog posts from the 2016-2017 academic year. […]

Can You Put a Price on American Beauty?

By Charles Landau, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  Teddy Roosevelt wrote in 1912, “the establishment of the National Park Service is justified by considerations of good administration, of the value of natural beauty as a National asset, and of the effectiveness of outdoor life and recreation in the production of good citizenship.” In the context […]

Opinion: Paying College Athletes Isn’t as Easy as Writing a Check

Chelsea Lenhart*, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Tickets are already on sale for the 2016 March Madness tournament, with prices ranging from $15 for a single game to more than $200 for the Final Four showdown. In 2014, the NCAA earned nearly $900 million in revenue from March Madness alone. Fans often bet high […]

Sequestration: An Extreme Consequence of Congress’ Ineffectuality

Annette Beck, MPA Introduction Sequesters are designed to reduce spending, however they often fail in this regard and instead create real harms: endangering public safety, forcing federal agencies to furlough their employees, and creating a climate where politicians can game the budget system Congress should either amend sequestration’s terms, or repeal it and replace it […]