Making Policy for Complex Systems: A Medical Model for Economics

May 01, 1985

In recent years, policy analysts have shown a growing interest in less rationalistic policymaking models. 


The World-Class University That Our City Has Become

April 28, 1985

When I accepted a professorship at The George Washington University in 1980, several of my colleagues wondered: "Leaving Columbia University - to move to Washington?"

Toward an I & We Paradigm

March 01, 1985

“Toward an I & We Paradigm,” Contemporary Sociology 18, No. 2 (March 1989), pp. 171-176. (Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory; Michael J. Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice; Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality; Michael Walzer, Interpretation and Social Criticism; and Benjamin Barber, Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age.)

Toward Socio-Economics

March 01, 1985

“Toward Socio-Economics,” Contemporary Sociology 14, No. 2 (March 1985), pp. 178-179. (Lester C. Thurow, Dangerous Currents: The State of Economics.)

Encapsulated Competition

March 01, 1985

While economists have made perfect competition the cornerstone of modern economic theory, dissatifaction with the concept has led to many quests for "second best" concepts, including such notions as "workable competition," "monopolistic competition," and "contestable markets."  

Interest Groups and the United States Economy

March 01, 1985

The effects of interest groups are not always readily visible because extensice, deliberate efforts are made to conceal them.

Special Interest Groups Versus Constituency Representation

January 01, 1985

Three additions are suggested to the study of interest groups and their role in a democracy.

The American Way of Economic Development

January 01, 1985

There should be a sign: Don’t Xerox institutions.

Once Again, an Era of Reconstruction Begins

December 14, 1984

Nineteen eighty-four will be known as the year the last doubts were removed that the U.S. was on the way to rebuild its society, moral fiber, and institutions, from the family to colleges, to auto makers to the military.

The American Family: Making it Work

December 01, 1984

The long decline of the Americal family seems to have stopped and reconstruction has begun

The Democrats Need a Unifying Theme

October 05, 1984

The Democratic Party desperately needs a unifying and mobilizing theme – something that has eluded it ever since the Great Society ran out of public support. We will not find such a theme until we learn the difference between style and substance – and start to think more clearly about what really concerns the American people.

Nice Guys Finish First: Today’s Television Heroes

August 01, 1984

Recently an old movie and TV formula has been reversed - with considerable success. The bad guys have become the good guys, and the good guys are almost too good to be true.

Military Industry’s Threat to National Security

April 06, 1984

Defense analysts have long understood the need to keep careful watch over the defense industry and the role it plays in shaping our military policy. Yet few people seem to have noticed the disturbing way that many defense contractors are encouraging the Government to neglect preparations for conventional war and thus rely increasingly on nuclear weapons.

Students need Self-Discipline

February 13, 1984

Here he goes again. President Reagan captured, in a grossly oversimplified and dangerously distorted manner, an issue that needs addressing. The President has called for restoring discipline in schools, and the White House is said to favor greater use of police departments to restore law and order in schools.

Industrial Incentive

December 16, 1983

Industrial policy is criticized, even by liberals and Democrats, as requiring a degree of political integrity and wisdom on the part of the Government that America cannot hope to achieve. There may be something to such criticisms, but an intelligent industrial policy could get around them. Such a policy would rely on incentives rather than on Government planning and control, and would reward particular economic activities (capital formation, research and development, more effective use of human resources) rather than selected industries (computers, bio-technology)– and thus probably could work even in our less than perfect society.