Brookings Review

Quarterly magazine focuses on economic, political and foreign policy issues.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring

After the Revolutions, Reality
Voters Accept the Limits of Reform In the race for the 2000 presidential nominations, the weather changed, subtly but significantly. In every presidential contest since Jimmy Carter's in 1976, hostility to a purportedly blundering, intrusive, and...
A New Civil Rights Agenda
Few issues in American life have been as intransigent as race. In every century, race has presented the nation its greatest paradoxes, challenges, and opportunities, calling into question time and again the principle of equality on which it was founded....
Broken Promises
What the Federal Government Can Do to Improve American Education Education has emerged as one of the major issues in the 2000 presidential campaign. Candidates in both political parties sometimes seem to be in a bidding war to see who can devise...
Clearing the Rubble
American Politics Makes a New Beginning Big changes have taken place over the past two decades in the big parts of government: overall taxation levels, defense, and the programs for the elderly. Jonathan Rauch is surely right about three things....
Facing Up to Racial Disparity
Racial and ethnic disparities are pervasive, and especially distressing in the case of African Americans. On a host of indicators (health, wealth, test scores, college attendance, civic participation, and Internet access, to name a few) African Americans...
Five Not-So-Easy Pieces
The Debates on American Foreign Policy American foreign policy discussion today is not so much a single debate as debates. At least five principal debates are taking place--or at least should be. How they are resolved will go a long way toward determining...
Many Strategies, One Goal
Helping the Americans Left Behind "Our national prosperity should not leave anyone behind." AL GORE "Today I challenge my opponents to join me in taking the money that we've been giving to the special interests, and spend it instead on a child...
MOVING beyond Sprawl
Toward a Broader Metropolitan Agenda In the past few years, widespread frustration with sprawling development patterns has precipitated an explosion in metropolitan thinking and action across the United States. A new policy language--"smart growth,...
Priorities 2000
To govern, as they say, is to choose. To choose requires the assertion of priorities, which often provokes conflict. In our system, we turn generally to politicians to resolve those conflicts. Think tanks can at best ease tough choices by clarifying...
Seizing the Economic Opportunity
Beware Candidates Premising Everything The fantastic performance of the U.S. economy challenges Americans to use their new opportunities well. The election of 2000 is a chance for voters to hear how candidates propose to make the most of the good...
The Centenarian Boom
Providing for Retirement in a Long-Lived America More than one million centenarians will be living in the United States by the middle of this century. Not until 1960 were there more than one million Americans over age 85. These statistics measure...
THE "Globalization" CHALLENGE
The U.S. Role in Shaping World Trade and Investment As the United States enters the 21st century, it stands unchallenged as the world's economic leader, a remarkable turnaround from the 1980s when many Americans had doubts about U.S. "competitiveness."...
The Tax Cut
Will It Rest in Peace or Shine in Glory? To the surprise of no one, the massive Republican tax cut bill of 1999 sank from sight as soon as President Clinton vetoed it. Having passed it by slim margins, the GOP majority in Congress made no attempt...
The U.S. Defense Budget
Choices for the Next President When the next president and the next Congress begin to shape future defense policies, they will face serious budgetary constraints despite the growing federal budget surplus. Washington will spend slightly more than...
Truth in Taxes
A Voter's Guide to Election-Year Tax Talk This brief guide to election-year tax policy debates is intended to help interested and skeptical readers make sense of the competing claims made by the candidates. Presidential elections always bring forth...