The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 135, Spring

A Reply
In his response to our article, Leighton Ku, a careful researcher and a self-described advocate of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, demonstrates what is so sadly wrong about the public-policy debate these days: Eager to defend or expand...
California after Racial Preferences
In his 1995 opinion in Miller v. Johnson, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy observed that "at the heart of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection lies the simple command that the Government must treat citizens as individuals, not as simple...
Debating WIC
In their critical review of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program ("Is WIC As Good As They Say," The Public Interest, No. 134, Winter 1999), Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis conclude that WIC is less effective than commonly...
Doing It Right: Job Training and Education
There has of late been much hand wringing over what to do about the emerging new labor market, in which the real wages of high-skilled, well-educated workers have increased, while the real wages of low-skilled and poorly educated workers have decreased....
How to Save Our Shrinking Cities
The first half of the twentieth century saw the widespread emergence of large cities in the United States. In 1900, there were only six cities with more than half a million inhabitants; only 50 years later, there were 17 such cities. Much of this urban...
Still the Land of Opportunity?
America is known as "the land of opportunity." But whether it deserves this reputation has received too little attention. Instead, we seem mesmerized by data on the distribution of incomes which show that incomes are less evenly distributed than they...
"The Shape of the River": The Case for Racial Preferences
It rarely happens that answers to contested political questions can be found in a relevant body of data and empirical analysis. Certainly, a scarcity of data has long afflicted the debate over preferences for African-American students in admissions...
Thinking about Parent and Child
At one time, a child's behavior was thought to be mainly, if not entirely, the result of how his parents behaved. Nice parents produced nice children, bad parents produced bad children. The pioneering study of delinquents written by Sheldon and Eleanor...