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The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at the George Washington University is the nation's leading center for communitarian policy research and is a research institute dedicated to finding constructive solutions to social problems through morally informed policy analysis and moral dialogue. We seek to bring the best scholarship and analysis to bear on policy issues affecting family, schools, the community, and the moral climate of society as a whole.

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Americans Have a Strong Sense of "Economic Insecurity"

April 09, 2015

A recent nationwide survey shows that a majority of Americans worry about paying for retirement, affording health care, and losing their job. Retirement raises the most concern, as more than 60 percent of Democrats, independents, and Republicans are concerned about having enough money to retire or having Social Security available throughout their retirement. On all measures of economic security, women and those without a college education are the most concerned.

President Obama and President Xi

Mearsheimer’s War With China

March 30, 2015

In the new edition of his 2001 book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer lives up to his reputation as a provocative political scientist.

Economics Textbooks

The Moral Ill Effects of Teaching Economics

March 19, 2015

Some studies have shown that studying economics leads to debased morals. One such study was conducted by Gerald Marwell and Ruth E. Ames.

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The Moral Effects of Economic Teaching

March 11, 2015

Over the past 2 decades, dozens of studies have explored the relationship between exposure to economics and antisocial behavior.

Small Wars & Insurgencies Journal

COIN: A study of strategic illusion

March 11, 2015

Has the US military become a learning institution, one able to transition from relying on a conventional war model to fighting against irregular adversaries such as insurgents and terrorists? This article examines the United States' interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan in an effort to respond to this question.

             

 

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