The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 129, Fall

Fathers and Welfare Reform
America is embarking upon a dramatic new course in the way it provides assistance to our nation's poorest families and their children. Recently enacted federal welfare reforms have altered both the purpose and the form of the nation's principal cash-assistance...
In Pursuit of Criminal Justice
Despite evidence suggesting that much of American public policy closely - perhaps too closely - mirrors public desires (for example, Social Security, Medicare, and the federal college-loan program), this is hardly the case in how we punish violent criminals....
Public Housing as a "Poorhouse."
Few events in recent U.S. policy history have had the resonance of the 1972 demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis. By tearing down the 33 11-story buildings, once home to 10,000 residents, the government acknowledged, perhaps for...
School Choice Builds Community
School choice poses a fundamental challenge to the age-old concept of neighborhood schools. So, unsurprisingly, it has been surrounded by intense controversy. Despite this, school choice is spreading. Back in 1987, Minnesota became the first state to...
The Crisis in Scholarly Publishing
Until one day last February, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what is now generally called "the crisis of the monograph" - that is, the drying up of resources for intensive studies of small but worthwhile subjects in favor of trend-driven...
The Failure of Drug Education
The role of the federal government in preventing adolescent drug use was a central issue of the 1996 presidential campaign. Bob Dole criticized the Clinton administration for slashing the staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) while...
World Population Implosion?
Over the past several years, some of the world's best demographers have begun a dramatic reassessment of the world's demographic future. They are now seriously proposing the possibility that the world's population rather than continuing to increase will...