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. 170, December

China: Big Changes Coming Soon
BIG changes are ahead for China, probably abrupt ones. The economy has grown so rapidly for many years, over 30 years at an average of nine percent a year, that its size makes it a major player in trade and finance and increasingly in political and...
Election 2012: An Unusually Clear Policy Choice
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION of 2012 is shaping up to be an epic contest. It is uncommon for an incumbent president to be considered an underdog, yet as of this writing President Barack Obama's odds of winning reelection, according to the Intrade prediction...
No Thanks to Gratitude
Twenty years ago the noted political commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. published a short book, Gratitude, M to promote his version of a plan for national public service. His proposal proved highly controversial, especially W among conservatives,...
The Private-Sector Pension Predicament
RECENTLY THERE HAS been substantial press attention paid to underfunding in state and local government pension plans, a longstanding problem made more urgent by recent troubles in the larger economy. There has of yet been comparatively less attention...
The Sordid Origin of Hate-Speech Laws
All western European countries have hate-speech laws. In 2008, the EU adopted a framework decision on "Combating Racism and Xenophobia" that obliged all member states to criminalize certain forms of hate speech. On the other side of the Atlantic, the...