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 »

  • The Systemic Transparency Issue That Will Not be Discussed at The State of The Union

    The President will deliver his State of the Union address tonight and there are plenty of people already predicting what he will say and why he’ll say it – you can read about it here, here, here, or any number of places. I imagine that he will address the Congressional gridlock that has been a… Read more »

  • Roe v Wade Turns 41

    Today marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a decision upholding a person’s right to privacy and abortion. In a 7-2 decision, the Court decided that under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, a person had the right to access an abortion… Read more »

  • NAFTA Turns 20

    Twenty years after it passage, the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues to be a source of tension for many within North America. Yet despite its criticism, NAFTA has transformed the continent.

  • U.S. Poverty and the Minimum Wage: Can They Be Corrected?

    It will take the work of all Americans – elected leaders and citizens alike – to act to solve “the defining challenge of our time.” If we fail, we will be failing in our duty of care to the common good.

  • District of Columbia Public Schools’ Pilot Program: Possible game changer in teacher development

    The recent release of the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — also known as “the nation’s report card” — has prompted questions about what, exactly, successful states are doing right. Hawai’i, Tennessee, and Washington, DC all posted significant gains this year; DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson cited the district’s emphasis… Read more »

  • Getting to Zero: Advocating for an AIDS-free Generation

    This year, December 1st marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is an international day of observance that brings people from around the world together to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, commemorate those that have lost their lives to the pandemic, and celebrate accomplishments—such as increased access to care and prevention services…. Read more »

  • Cutting Access to Food for America’s Neediest Families

    Last week, SNAP food stamp benefits were cut for 47 million Americans – many families with children, veterans, the elderly, and people with disabilities. How will this impact their access to food and our economy?

  • Transparency at The Fed

    I recently had the pleasure of moderating a Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and SC Johnson Graduate School of Management roundtable of ten students hailing from nine countries with Dr. Roberto Perli, founder and Partner at Cornerstone Macro. Dr. Perli, Italian-born and partially American-educated, was well equipped to field questions on topics ranging from the Federal… Read more »

  • Colombia’s Peace Talks

    On August 27, 2012, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government would begin peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as an attempt to end the 49-year civil conflict. After six months of negotiations, the government and the FARC have agreed on land reform, one item out of the six-point… Read more »

  • Equality in Education: Exploring Current Education Policy for LGBT Students

    October is LGBT History Month – a month dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movements, historical figures, and legislative accomplishments. Across the United States, communities will be remembering the contributions of Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, John Maynard Keynes, and Langston Hughes to the impacts of… Read more »

  • Beyond Benefits and Body Parts: Obamacare and Black Trans Health

    This article, written by Renee Bracey Sherman, MPA ’15, originally appeared on EBONY.com Starting today, open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will set in motion a trifecta of change.  The ACA adds protections for many, expands coverage for services once considered rare, and ensures the vast majority of the population will receive affordable… Read more »

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