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?


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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    How to Clean Up a City – a Case Study on Stopping Illegal Construction in Kosovo

    In 2000, just after the war in Kosovo ended, City Planning Director Rexhep Luci was shot six times and killed for trying to stop illegal construction.

  • Letter from the Editor

    Editor-in-Chief Arpit Chaturvedi offers his insight and vision of the upcoming 2017-2018 season at the Cornell Policy Review.

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    Children and the British Border: UK Policy Hurting Lone Child Migrants

    Paradoxical, some UK policies moved unaccompanied minors from dangerous camps in Europe to the UK, yet others expose child migrants to drastic threats.

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    Dropping Out of the Electoral College

    The most common modern arguments for keeping the electoral college are based on false information and assumptions or have major weaknesses, so how do we replace or fix the system?

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    Politics, Family-Run Conglomerates, and Corruption in South Korea

    The election of Mr. Moon Jae-in as President of South Korea means a welcomed crackdown on corruption and reform of family-run conglomerates.

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    The Feminization of Migration: Why are Women Moving More?

    Migrant women are being pushed to migrate in search of better opportunities, and because of their invisibility do so with few or no legal protections.

  • The One President Thesis: Do Politics Really “Stop at the Water’s Edge”?

    There have been many historical iterations of the concept that the U.S. Congress behaves differently regarding foreign affairs than it does for domestic affairs. The first iteration of this was the two presidents thesis, which suggests that the president has increased latitude in foreign affairs and can consequently behave differently in that context than in domestic affairs.

  • 30 Days of Demonetization in India

    At midnight on November 8, 2016, Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister (PM) of India, declared in a broadcast to the nation that the two highest currency notes—Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000—would immediately cease to be legal tender. This move was considered a very drastic and bold step, especially since nearly 86% of all the currency by value in India was in the form of either Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 notes.

  • Was the Syria Strike illegal? Explaining the International Law of Warfare

      The recent US missile attack against the sovereign state of Syria was an act of aggression bearing distinct resemblance to the strike on Iraq in 2003. On April 6, 2017, the United States military dropped nearly 60 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield; this strike was in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s usage of… Read more »

  • Introducing the Upcoming Cornell Policy Review Board

    The Cornell Policy Review is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 selections for Editor in Chief, Senior Managing Editor, Senior Content Editor, and Senior Public Relations Editor. Please join us in congratulating Arpit Chaturvedi, Paulina Lucio, Elizabeth Sweitzer, and Lillie Gabreski on their new roles, which will officially begin in May of this year. As Associate… Read more »

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    Lobby Law in Chile: Democratizing Access to Public Authorities

    The Lobbying Act of 2014, a reform 10 years in the making, and the commitments of the Chilean government in its Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) to adopt and implement the legislation, must be situated in the wider context of reforms designed to combat corruption and promote transparency.

  • UK’s International Role, Post-Brexit

    On June 23, 2016, a majority of the British people voted to leave the European Union. The political earthquake that followed Brexit is now beginning to stabilize, and the British population is beginning to demand answers about how future negotiations with the European Union (EU) will be carried out. The truth, as in all negotiations, is that there is no answer—outcomes will depend not only on the British government but also, clearly, on the position the EU takes.