Rigging Elections: A Spatial Statistics Analysis of Political and Unintentional Gerrymandering

The 2016 election cycle was fraught with claims of election rigging. Though mostly unsubstantiated, there may be some truth to these claims — at least at the congressional level.

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Introducing our New Class of Associate Editors

The Cornell Policy Review is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 selections for Associate Editor positions.

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Political Knowledge and the Paradox of Voting

The nation’s fascination with big, flashy elections at the expense of small, local elections is laden with irony.

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Policy Gaps in Prevention of Vector-Borne Diseases in India

RGCIS Fellow Wakima Kapur analyzes the policy gaps and solutions to contain the problem of Vector Borne Diseases in India.

The Flint Water Crisis: Using Systems Thinking to Understand Critical Failures

This piece examines how Systems Thinking can be used to understand the critical failures in a complex crisis like the Flint, Michigan water crisis, and the steps that can be taken to remedy such shortfalls.

Problems with Distinctions and Perspectives Impairing the Debate on Common Core

By using Common Core as a timely example, Fiduccia points out that taking perspectives dissimilar to your own presents an opportunity to gain valuable insight.

Choosing a Side: Examining the Abortion Debate

Applying Systems Thinking to the abortion debate could permit discourse without the volatility of political rhetoric and the policy cycle.

Systems Thinking for Policymaking: The Case of Indigenous Women’s Rights in Mexico 

In this introductory piece of the Second Systems Thinking Special Edition, Paulina Lucio Maymon explains how to address the social injustice of indigenous peoples in Mexico using Systems Thinking – a method to analyze a diverse array of policy-relevant issues.

Introduction to the Second Systems Thinking Special Edition

Second Systems Thinking Special Edition Systems thinking is a popular lens that lends significant insights into problems, issues or situations in many different fields. This Special Edition provides a demonstration of the application of Systems Thinking to policy related issues in many areas such as resource management, race, and education. All of these papers show… Read more »

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  • Black Women’s Health Care In Crisis

    This piece originally appeared on EBONY.com. Earlier this month, McAllen and Beaumont, rural border towns in Texas, saw the closure of two more clinics that provide a full spectrum of women’s health care needs, including abortion. Because of Texas’s cruel new law, known as HB 2, people all across the state (and in neighboring states) are rapidly losing… Read more »

  • New Jersey’s Ban On Tesla Motors’ Direct Sales: Bad Politics and Even Worse Policy

    Tesla Motors, the American electric car company, sells their cars directly to consumers rather than through independent dealerships. In New Jersey, however, laws exist that require automobiles to be sold through franchised dealerships. It is against the law for manufacturers like Ford, General Motors, or Tesla to sell directly to consumers. Car manufacturers instead sell… Read more »

  • What Did the Deadly Terrorist Attack at Kunming Rail Station Mean For China?

    Kunming, a major city in southwest China known for its year-around warmth, has recently experienced cruel terrorist killings, which targeted  civilians. On the evening of March 1, 2014, eight masked attackers armed with long knives rushed into the Kunming rail station, leaving twenty nine civilians dead and over 150 people injured. The mass stabbing constituted… Read more »

  • Russian Activity in Latin America

    As American and European officials work together to impose more strict sanctions on Russia following Sunday’s referendum in Crimea, Moscow expanded its domestic rhetoric into the Western Hemisphere. On February 26, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia would seek military bases in foreign nations, including Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. If successful, this would… Read more »

  • Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle, and a Way Forward

    The current crisis of Venezuela is, as anyone might expect, much more complex than a simple ideological clash between socialists and capitalists. Simply put, the Venezuelan crisis has been the result of a historical social struggle of the poor to acquire a place in society while the entire population from rich to poor, faces a political playing field that is increasingly plagued by corruption, economic collapse, and destructive violence.

  • “No Homo Promo”: American Hypocrisy and LGBT Rights in Russia

    As the images of medal winning performances in Sochi fade in to memories, the Russian Olympic team continues to celebrate their esteemed position as the winner of the most gold medals and tops the total medal count. However, this high level of athleticism during the 2014 Olympics does little to improve Russia’s image which has… Read more »

  • The Fight to Cover Georgia

    Low-income families, people of color, and youth are disproportionately affected by the decision not to expand Medicaid. On Feb. 17, I had the distinct honor of meeting several youth leaders and domestic workers in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the impact the lack of health care and insurance access has had on their families. They shared their experiences and plight in accessing healthcare, even after the implementation of the ACA.

  • Crisis in the Ukraine: Who’s Fighting Whom? And Why?

    Amid the seemingly constant cable news coverage of rioting in the capital city of Kiev, it is very easy for viewers to get caught up in the media frenzy while misunderstanding the root causes of this geopolitical struggle. Although the violence seen on television may bear striking resemblance to the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt… Read more »

  • Geopolitical Ramifications of the Chinese Air Defense Zone

    On November 23, 2013, the People’s Republic of China unilaterally declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea. The zone encompasses the highly disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, to which Japan also lays claim, and South-Korean claimed Socotra Rock. China’s parameters on the defense zone were explicitly set to require aircraft to identify… Read more »

  • A New Free Trade Area of the Americas

    On December 9th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the United States was exploring a new trade agreement for the Americas. This would be the first time the U.S. proposed a regional agreement since the unsuccessful Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). According to Secretary Kerry, the agreement would begin with the… Read more »

  • Germany Online: The road to modernizing privacy policies in a digitalized world

    German citizens hold personal privacy in high esteem, but the blurred lines of life on the Internet have made that a difficult right to uphold. In light of NSA spying, that fight for online privacy has become even more difficult.

  • State of the Union: A Year of Action without Action

    From income inequality, to early education, on down to a new era of military restraint, President Barack Obama laid out a comprehensive agenda for 2014 during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. It is a well-rounded policy blueprint that seeks to address a wide range of issues. But will this call to action work?