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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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Our Latest Research and Writing

Theoretical Implications of “High Rent”

June 05, 2018

Evidence indicates that when a party pays lobbyists to secure special benefits for that party, in terms of resource allocations by the government, that party gains a very high return on its outlays

Panel led by Amitai Etzioni on the Future of Race Relations in the US

May 31, 2018

Should we aspire to a society that is color blind? One in which each group is respected and fairly treated? Should we focus on class rather than race issues?

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Can We Save Privacy by Treating Info Like Private Property?

May 25, 2018

Amitai Etzioni

Can We Save Privacy by Treating Info Like Private Property?

 What President Moon may look like after a call with Kim

North Korea's Nuclear Bait-and-Switch

May 08, 2018

Enjoy the fine notes emanating from North Korea these days, but recall that when things sound too good to be true—they usually are.

Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol

Facebook Facts: Americans Are Giving up Their Fourth Amendment Rights

April 10, 2018

Must the nation find new ways to limit the personal information corporations can amass, and above all, what they can share with the government?

Rex Tillerson sitting with Xi Jinping.

China: A ‘Strategic’ Threat?

March 05, 2018

The Pentagon’s latest National Defense Strategy rests on some shaky assumptions.

The Making of a Peacenik: Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

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