Recognizing deliberate and unintended effects of public decision-mak-
ing is critical for implementing equitable policy at the local, national,
and international levels. The authors of the articles presented in this
issue of The Cornell Policy Review seek to do just that. From implementing
performance measurement for greater municipal transparency, to examin-
ing the effects of foreign investment on emerging economies, the following
articles offer an interesting juxtaposition of equity and transparency issues
across localities, nations, and contexts.
Amanda Mullan discusses the performance of federal advisory committees, with
particular attention to the need for more rigorous evaluation and public access.
Mallory Young analyzes the impacts of foreign direct investment in Hungary,
specifically with regard to regional inequalities. Gregory Jette explores issues of
transparency between private detention centers and public immigration policy,
and how this relationship affects immigrant social incorporation.
We are also pleased to include Luis Martinez and Henry McCaslin’s commentary
on implementing a performance measurement system in Tompkins County, New
York. Concluding this issue is Michaela Vaporis and Jennifer Shin’s interview
with Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal, who details her diplomatic experiences as
well as the question of equality within the Foreign Service.
The Review staff encourages readers to consider not only how the policy
reflections and recommendations presented in this issue are applicable to their
specific contexts, but also to look for ways that these recommendations might be
adapted to solve similar challenges across substantive policy areas.
I am grateful to my Managing Editor, Daniel Nolan, to our excellent editorial
staff, and to our contributing authors for their efforts in crafting this issue. I am
also thankful for the support and encouragement of the CIPA staff at Cornell
University. On behalf of The Cornell Policy Review team, we hope that you enjoy
— Sarah Gardner Evans, MPA 2013, Editor-in-Chief