Policy Review

A bimonthly journal of the Hoover Institution that promotes inquiry into the American condition, American and other government and political and economic systems, and the role of the United States in the world. For the academic audience.

Articles from No. 158, December

Bottom-Up Nation Building
THE TIRED DEBATE between those who believe in nation-building and those who scoff at it glosses over a major difference between top-down and bottom-up society-building. The starting point for a bottom-up approach is the communitarian recognition that...
How China Won and Russia Lost
ON A DARK November night in 1978, 18 Chinese peasants from Xiaogang village in Anhui province secretly divided communal land to be farmed by individual families, who would keep what was left over after meeting state quotas. Such a division was illegal...
Primary Care's Dim Prognosis
GIVEN THE CHORUS of approval for primary care emanating from every party to the health reform debate, one might suppose that the future for primary physicians is bright. Yet this is far from certain. And when one looks to history and recognizes that...
The False Promise of Public Pensions
IN A MEMORABLE "Doonesbury" comic strip from the late 1970s, Garry Trudeau's Raoul Duke--serving as general manager of the Washington Redskins--improbably signed star free agent "Lava Lava" Lenny. When asked how he pulled off this remarkable feat,...
The Root of the Financial Crisis
IN A COMPELLING fictional narrative, there are villains, victims, and heroes. One can give a compelling account of the financial crisis of 2008 that contains such characters, but it would be fictional: A true villain has to be aware of his villainous...
The Terror Fringe
THE AFGHAN-PAKISTAN BORDER region is widely identified as a haven for jihadi extremists. But the joint between local insurgencies and global terrorism has been dislocated. A combination of new technologies and new ideologies has changed the role of...