17 best of 2017

The best articles of 2017 from the Cornell Policy Review!

Why Drug Courts Are Not the Way Forward on America’s Opioid Crisis

Trump’s Opioid Commission thinks drug courts are the answer to the nation’s opioid epidemic. Research shows they are flawed and even harmful to people with opioid use disorders.

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement and Its Impact on U.S. International Standing

The recent Trump announcement about the status of Jerusalem has been denounced throughout the Arab world and the international community. Protests have erupted in Jerusalem and Gaza, and the Israeli government has rejoiced. How will this move impact the U.S international reputation both now and in the future, and why?

The Need for Institutional Reform at the National Minorities Commission, India

Arpit Chaturvedi discusses ways in which the National Commission for Minorities in India could be ameliorated with institutional reforms.

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Introducing our First Class of Associate Managers

The Cornell Policy Review proudly announces its first-ever class of Associate Managers.

Improving Public Service Delivery in Pakistan

CIPA MPA Fellow Mohammad Zohair proposed a public service delivery system for Pakistan using the Vision, Mission, Capacity and Learning Framework created by Cornell University professors Derek and Laura Cabrera.

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.

  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the (In)humanity of the International Community

    “You do not choose to be a refugee; you are forced to be one. You do not leave your home and everything you have because you are seeking a better economic or social opportunity. You leave everything to escape violence, abuse, starvation, and even death”- Fjolla Kondirolli on what it means to be a refugee.

  • Lifting the EU Milk Quota: Implications for Chinese Markets

    On April 1st, 2015, the EU milk quotas came to an end. First introduced in 1984, the milk quota allowed each member of the European Economic Community to produce dairy products up to a set maximum volume. At the time, the supply of dairy goods far outstripped demand, and producers that exceeded specified production volumes were subject to a levy. With the removal of the burdensome levy, EU producers are expected to significantly increase production. Additionally, the recent closure of Russian markets due to trade embargos is forcing EU producers to find alternative buyers for the huge volume of excess milk products. This has serious negative implications for some small-scale Chinese producers.

  • Second Chance for Pell in Prison

    On August 3, 2015, the Obama administration announced a pilot program aimed at increasing educational opportunities for prisoners. The Department of Education, through the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI), invited higher education institutions to apply for participation in the Second Chance Pell Pilot program. Approved institutions will collaborate with federal or state prisons to allow inmates… Read more »

  • Patent or Profit: Ivy League Intellectual Property Policy and Classroom Reinvestment

      From online education to for-profit universities to an increasingly disparate gap between graduates’ experience and qualifications, highly disruptive forces are affecting higher education across the globe. Objective analyses of these factors describe their impact as a natural progression of the industry. One area not frequently evaluated, and one which acts on and directly speaks… Read more »

  • The Rise of Community Solar: An Opportunity for Energy Equity

    Solar and low-income energy assistance programs have long been seen as incompatible. With the recent boom in the solar energy market, however, these programs have begun to converge. Increased attention to the socio-economic benefits of solar energy has driven the desire to address participatory barriers within the market. Improving the accessibility of solar energy to… Read more »

  • Access to Care as a Human Right: Addressing Health Inequities in the Transgender Community

    The past few years have ushered in a new era of visibility for the transgender (trans*) community. From Amazon’s breakout hit Transparent to Laverne Cox’s groundbreaking cover of Time magazine, trans* individuals are seeing their previously overlooked stories reflected in mainstream culture. And let us not forget Bruce Jenner’s heartfelt coming-out interview with ABC’s Diane… Read more »