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 »

Editorial Note for the Second Systems Thinking Special Edition

In our Second Systems Thinking Special Edition, five Fellows of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) apply Systems Thinking as a policy analysis tool to facilitate a better understanding of public policies.

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Bridging the Indigenous Wage Gap in Mexico

The accumulation of human capital is a necessary condition for indigenous people to overcome poverty in Mexico, but it is not itself sufficient.

The Rise and Fall of Vermont’s Single Payer Plan

Green Mountain Care in Vermont aimed to be a paradigm for comprehensive healthcare reform at both the state and federal level. What caused its fall?

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The Anatomy of New Public Transit: Opportunities and Challenges of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) Streetcar

In two years the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) has made impressive progress but still has a number of issues to address before its completion.

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Alumni Retention in United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas

It’s in the best interest of metropolitan areas to maintain an educated, young population, but how policy makers can secure alumni retention is tricker.

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Native Communities in Alaska: Vulnerabilities in Light of Climate Change

Climate change in Alaska will increase the risk of natural disasters, and due to sparsely located emergency resources, native communities are most at risk.

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A Geospatial Analysis of the Physical and Economic Consequences of Rochester’s Inner Loop

How Rochester’s Inner Loop became the city’s inner noose – cutting off downtown, creating policy challenges and lessons in transportation infrastructure.

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  • The Effect of Private Detention Policy on Immigrant Political and Social Incorporation

    By: Greg Jette Abstract:  Immigration policy remains a contentious issue at both the federal and state levels,and post 9/11, has overwhelmingly favored detention and deportation strategies. Private detention companies have gained increasing political and economic influence as national rhetoric has characterized many immigrant groups as posing a threat to national security. As a result, private detention… Read more »

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  • A Letter from the Editor – Fall 2012

    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… Read more »

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    The outward expression of interest in public administration and public policy denotes an inner desire to understand and improve upon the collective programs and actions that impact us all. By visiting and exploring The Cornell Policy Review, you have taken the first step in joining a community of thinkers and actors at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA). We are constantly striving to evaluate and articulate various approaches to policymaking, and we encourage you to delve deeper into the practice with us by reading on.

    – Michael Donovan, MPA 2012, Editor-in-Chief

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    The outward expression of interest in public administration and public policy denotes an inner desire to understand and improve upon the collective programs and actions that impact us all. By visiting and exploring The Cornell Policy Review, you have taken the first step in joining a community of thinkers and actors at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA). We are constantly striving to evaluate and articulate various approaches to policymaking, and we encourage you to delve deeper into the practice with us by reading on.

    – Michael Donovan, MPA 2012, Editor-in-Chief

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