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. 65, Summer

Bush-League Unemployment: Will Clinton's Labor Policies Lower the Job Boom?
The American job machine finally is starting to rev up again. Employment growth stagnated at 20,000 a month in the year and a half leading up to the 1992 election. It rose to 135,000 a month in the final quarter of the Bush presidency. And the pace...
Calm after Desert Storm: Dick Cheney on Tax Cuts, Price Controls, and Our New Commander in Chief
Dick Cheney is one of the strongest potential contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996. He is a man of national and international experience: best remembered for his distinguished performance as secretary of defense during America's...
Casting a Wider Net: Religious Conservatives Move beyond Abortion and Homosexuality
During Adlai Stevenson's second losing campaign for the presidency in 1956, Harry Truman met with the embattled candidate to offer him some advice. Mr. Stevenson, then badly trailing Dwight Eisenhower, asked the former president what he was doing wrong....
Chicago's House of Hope: Tough, Loving Methods of Helping the Homeless
Ten years ago, Sister Therese O'Sullivan and I were surprised by a spiritual calling to help homeless women and their children on Chicago's impoverished south side, and opened the St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. It wasn't work we had planned to...
City Lights: America's Boldest Mayors
There's not much good news coming out of America's big cities these days. The streets resemble war zones. Racial tensions are worsening, bridges and sewer pipes are crumbling, basic services are deteriorating - and city spending and takes keep rising....
Free Trade's Forgotten Amigos: Why Governors Want NAFTA
NAFTA's Tortuous Path NAFTA's path to congressional consideration has been long and difficult. First floated as an idea by Ronald Reagan in his presidential campaign of 1980, a free-trade zone among the three countries did not receive active...
Notes from the Underground: America's Sprawling Informal Economy
Government policies usually have unintended consequences, but one effect is literally invisible to policymakers. When regulations get too complex or costly, or taxes too high, employers, workers, and entrepreneurs sometimes move outside the official...
On the Cutting Edge: The House GOP Alternative to Clinton's Budget
On March 18, 1993, 132 Republicans and three Democrats did something unusual for members of Congress: they voted to shrink the size of the government. The vote was for a budget resolution, offered on the floor of the House of Representatives by...
Please Do No Harm: A Doctor's Battle with Medicare Price Controllers
I am a physician, an internist in a solo practice, and I am in mourning for the dignity and nobility of the medical profession. I started in my current practice in Bergen County, New Jersey, 18 years ago when I took over the practice of a retiring...
West of Eden: California's Economic Fall
Economic catastrophe has struck California with the violence of an earthquake. For decades, California has been the most socially and economically dynamic state in the nation and one of the entrepreneurial capitals of the world. It truly has been America's...
Yakkity-Yak, It's Coming Back: The Family Harmony of Doo-Wop Music
"I know why you're all here. You're here because you want some good, clean, non-suggestive fun!" roared Lenny Coco of the Chimes to a packed audience of 15,000 people in East Rutherford, New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena during a Doo-Wop concert extravaganza...