The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 136, Summer

Assessing Welfare Reform: Work Pays
Welfare reform is off to a good start. Between 1994 and 1998, welfare rolls declined 37 percent. Fewer people are staying on welfare, and fewer are applying for benefits. Several state evaluations of welfare reform show that many welfare recipients...
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Blood and Altruism
To what extent can we - and to what extent should we - rely on altruism to provide for the needy? That is the overarching question of a provocative book published in 1970 by British social scientist Richard M. Titmuss. Recently restored to print in...
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Boston Cops and Black Churches
In recent years, homicide rates in a number of large American cities have plummeted. Between 1990 and 1996, New York's rate dropped 58.7 percent, Houston's 54 percent, Los Angeles' 27.9 percent, Philadelphia's 17.7 percent, and Washington, D.C.'s 15.9...
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Boys Will Be Boys
Are boys in trouble today? Their situation is desperate, according to a coalition of clinical and academic psychologists. The alarming news has been trumpeted in scholarly journals as well as in several best-selling books, most notably William Pollack's...
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Courting Disorder in the Schools
When twelve students and a teacher were shot dead in the Columbine High School massacre, public alarm (abetted by the media) was inevitable. In a Newsweek poll immediately following the killing, 63 percent of Americans said that it was "very or somewhat...
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How Federal Prosecutors Can Reduce Crime
The striking drop in crime over the last few years, particularly in New York City, but also notable in some other cities, undoubtedly has many causes. The changes in policing methods have attracted the most attention. Police departments - and this...
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Prevention through Community Prosecution
The single greatest influence on postwar American criminal justice policy was President Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, whose main report, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society (1967), was hailed by liberals...
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The Costly Compassion of the ADA
There is no denying the good intentions and laudable compassion behind the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This sweeping piece of legislation was passed in 1990, with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress,...
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