Using South Africa’s Wine Industry as a Paradigm for Sustainable Policy

South Africa’s wine industry excels in sustainability, what can the public sector can learn from it?

Encoded Laws, Policies, and Virtues

With artificial intelligence systems becoming an increasingly important factor in government and business, public policy professionals must be prepared to engage with the biases that can influence artificial intelligence.

When Affirmative Action Becomes Diversity Only

How effective is race-based affirmative action as a tool of compensatory justice for African-American students who come from families that have endured continual oppression in the United States?

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.

  • 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 »

  • 4 Reasons Every Nation Should Push For Paternity Leave

    The pictures of fathers in Sweden on paternity leave taking care of their children went viral earlier this year on social media with expressions of surprise and shock. We asked ourselves two questions: What would it take for such pictures to be more common? And more importantly, are paternity leaves more than just photo-ops? Here… Read more »

  • Involuntary and Illegal Relocations by the World Bank in Ethiopia

    In 2004, 400 members of the indigenous Anuak tribe from the Gambella region in Ethiopia were massacred by the Ethiopian military. The Ethiopian government began a campaign of violence, including rape, torture, and extrajudicial killings, in the hopes of forcing the more than 4 million inhabitants of the Gambella region to relocate “voluntarily”. In pursuit… Read more »

  • Tom Madison Talks About the Tappan Zee Bridge, Environmental Concerns, and Transportation Planning

    A few months ago, students at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Tom Madison, former Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA). He was reportedly ousted for some combination of failure to ensure snowplowed highways and “inconsistent” accounting practices within the semi-autonomous agency…. Read more »