Welcome

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.

Read More

Check out Amitai Etzioni's latest books...

Our Latest Research and Writing

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. They designed a game where participants were given an allotment of tokens to divide between a private account and a public fund. If every player invested all of their tokens in the public fund, they would all end up with a greater return than if they had all put their money into their respective private accounts. However, if a player defected and invested in the private account while the other players invested in the public fund, she would gain an even larger return. Their results substantiate the claim that studying economics leads to debased morals.

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. With a few exceptions, these studies find the economists and economics students are more likely to exhibit a range of “debased” moral behavior and attitudes, both in the controlled environment of the laboratory and in the outside world. This article presents a review of these studies. 

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. It shows that there are two major ways for a military to fail to be a ‘learning’ institution: It may stick to its old dogma or – adopt a flawed new one. 

Benjamin Netanyahu

Debating Bibi's Speech Is a Major Distraction

March 02, 2015

Debating the appropriateness of the speech Israel's prime minister will deliver to Congress diverts attention from, firstly, the endlessly more important issue of whether the deal that the Obama administration seems close to striking with Iran is one that serves the interests of the United States well, and, secondly, the question of the potential deal's effects on U.S. allies in the region and elsewhere, as well as on peace in the region and even the world.

Limiting What Political Donors Can Get, Not Give

February 18, 2015

Redefining bribery would go a long way toward preventing campaign contributions from corrupting our political system. This could be achieved by limiting what contributors can gain in exchange for their donations rather than by adding or restoring limitations on the amounts they can donate. In this way, the suggested reform would avoid falling afoul of Supreme Court rulings that treat donations as a form of speech and hence deem most limitations on donations to be unconstitutional.

Recent Videos

China Banks It

Say No To Green Bananas: For Seniors Only

Debate: ACLU's Susan Herman vs. Amitai Etzioni

Chris Argyris Lifetime Achievement Award Interview

The Great Disruption

Follow ICPS

Endorse our Platforms

Diversity Within Unity Platform

Responsive Comm. Platform

Mutually Assured Restraint Position Paper

Click Below to Receive Updates From the ICPS

Mailing List