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Jerry Brown's Political Reboot - James Fallows - The Atlantic
"The truth is that a reliance on rules and a mistrust of mere politicians have come close to ruining public life in California. “When given a choice between human judgments and formulas, we’ve always chosen the formulas,” Joe Mathews says. He is critical of Brown in many ways, and yet he says, “I would rather let the Jerry Browns of the world make decisions for me than some crazy set of rules someone thought would help.”"
politics  political-science  democracy  public-sphere  public-policy  state(California)  history 
may 2013 by tsuomela
The uses and abuses of 'happiness' | openDemocracy
"But taking a longer term historical view also reveals quite how muddled the happiness ‘movement’ currently is. One question that needs to be asked is – do the happiness proponents and their public spokespersons know what they’re doing?

There are at least four ways in which the term ‘happiness’ can be used to augment public policy debate. "
public-policy  happiness  psychology  politics 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Welcome to the office, the new Stasi state | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer
British civil service take on managerialism. "We swap democracy for dictatorship when we go from home to work. Air grievances about politicians as a citizen and you risk nothing. Speak out against managers as an employee and you risk your livelihood."
business  democracy  power  politics  managerial  management  public-policy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
What is a Fact? - Credit Slips
Is this a question of fact or of law? "Fact, of course," said the students. So I asked how this fact could be proven. What followed was a wonderful, multi-student discussion of maginal pricing, elasticity of demand, etc. Even as I pressed on the presumptions underlying the deductive model--fully informed parties, competitive markets, low transactions costs, etc--the students hung on to their model. They were smart and sophisticated in their arguments, but the bottom line was that they "proved" the fact of lower costs deductively by appling what they saw as immutable economic principles...Perhaps my class was abberational, but it made me wonder about how we are educating our students, both before and during law school. Is it all about deduction, with nothing left over for reality?
education  deduction  law-school  law  legal  economics  empiricism  philosophy  public-policy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Citizen juries are vital for science policymaking - SciDev.Net
To this end, citizen consensus councils (CCCs), also known as 'citizen juries', offer a powerful implementation tool. CCCs, first developed in Denmark in the 1990s, are small groups of people brought together to debate key scientific or technological issues and propose policy responses.

Their members are either chosen at random or because together they are demographically representative of their communities.

CCCs hear evidence from a selection of experts and are professionally overseen to reach agreement on how to address the issue at hand. Their conclusions are sent to the relevant authorities and publicised within the populations they represent, usually through the press. They operate much like a jury in that, once their recommendations have been made, they are disbanded.
science  policy  public-policy  participation  citizenship  sts  decision-making 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Public Policy Forum
Established in 1913 as a good government watchdog, the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum currently focuses its policy research on a broad range of issues affecting southeastern Wisconsin, the state and the nation. They include education, tax and economic development policy, transportation, public safety, health, public infrastructure and other quality of life concerns.
politics  public-policy  state(Wisconsin)  forum  local  participation 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Chicago Journals - The Journal of Legal Studies - Hive Psychology, Happiness, and Public Policy
We consider three hypotheses about relatedness and well‐being including the hive hypothesis, which says people need to lose themselves occasionally by becoming part of an emergent social organism in order to reach the highest levels of human flourishing. We discuss recent evolutionary thinking about multilevel selection, which offers a distal reason why the hive hypothesis might be true. We next consider psychological phenomena such as the joy of synchronized movement and the ecstatic joy of self‐loss, which might be proximal mechanisms underlying the extraordinary pleasures people get from hive‐type activities. We suggest that if the hive hypothesis turns out to be true, it has implications for public policy. We suggest that the hive hypothesis points to new ways to increase social capital and encourages a new focus on happy groups as being more than collections of happy individuals.
psychology  well-being  social-psychology  emergence  behavior  social  social-capital  public-policy 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change - A War on Expertise
David Brin on experts and climate science - "Chris Mooney documents how relentless this agenda has been, in The Republican War on Science. Though, let's be fair. If films like Avatar are any indication, a variant of dour anti-scientific fever rages on the left, as well.

This is the context in which we should reconsider the Climate Change Denial Movement. While murky in its scientific assertions -- (some claim the Earth isn't warming, while others say the ice-free Arctic won't be any of our doing) -- the core contention remains remarkably consistent. It holds that the 99% of atmospheric scientists who believe in GCC are suborned, stupid, incompetent, conspiratorial or untrustworthy hacks."
climate  global-warming  expertise  public-policy  science  culture-war  history  scientism  technocracy  conspiracy  deceit 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Science Ethics & Public Policy - Journals & Organizations
A list of organizations and journals in science, ethics, public policy. Compiled by SEPP center at University of Delaware.
journals  science  ethics  public-policy  academic-center  directory  list  school(UDelaware)  graduate-school  organizations 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Science Ethics & Public Policy - Centers & Institutes
A list of academic centers in applied ethics, business ethics, social and political affairs, ethics and technology, biomedical ethics, and environmental ethics. Compiled by Science Ethics & Public Policy center at University of Delaware.
science  ethics  public-policy  academic-center  directory  list  school(UDelaware)  graduate-school 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Annals of Public Policy: Getting There from Here: Reporting
Good history of Great Britain's transformation to national health care after WW2. Is rapid or gradual change more effective?
health  politics  public-policy  policy  history  economics  gradualism 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Growth and Justice
Growth & Justice is a leading progressive voice on state economic issues. We are a non-partisan advocate for fair taxation and "smart" public investment — fiscally responsible, accountable investment that advances prosperity for all Minnesotans. We believe a sustainable economy provides the foundation for a just society.
minnesota  politics  activism  public-policy  taxes  progressive  liberal 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Director’s Blog
Weblog for the director of the Congressional Budget Ofice.
government  public-policy  publicity  weblog-government 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Project on National Security Reform
The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Presidency. PNSR’s mission is to assist national leadership in improving the U.S. government’s ability to effectively
public-policy  national-security  foreign-policy  president  research 
june 2008 by tsuomela
U.S. Census Bureau - Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics
Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) is an innovative program within the U.S. Census Bureau. We use modern statistical and computing techniques to combine federal and state administrative data on employers and employees with core Census Bureau
economics  employment  statistics  government  public-policy  public-data  work  labor 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Center for Media and Public Affairs
The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. CMPA's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media coverage and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies.
media  media-studies  politics  public-policy  school(GeorgMason) 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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