The Reindustrialization of Vocational Education

January 01, 1983

“Vocational education is not a priority,” lamented Richard Arnold, division manager of the Community Educational Relations Department of AT&T.

A Management Computer for the President

January 01, 1983

In July 1979, a New York Times reporter called the White House press office with what seemed at first a routine query.

A Top Management Computer

January 01, 1983

A computerized comprehensive management tracking system for the President of the United States was created.

Imposing Virtue on America

November 10, 1982

If every American schoolchild were to recite a voluntary prayer each morning; no abortion were to be performed legally or even in backrooms; pornography were not to be had, even in plain wrappers; and the death penalty were meted out twice a week - all this would do precious little for those who made these issues the hard core of their social agenda.

The Role of Self-Discipline

November 01, 1982

Much of the talk about the cognitive deficiencies exhibited by many U. S Pupils tends to focus on teaching methods (e.g., phonics versus sight-reading) and teaching resources (e.g., mumbers and qualifications fo teachers).

Are Scams and Stings Out of Control?

September 19, 1982

IT'S TIME WE APPLY to politicians a notion they fondly embrace when dealing with criminal members of other occupational groups: Let's be a bit less concerned with the rights of the criminals and more worried about the rights of the victims. Let's be a bit less concerned with the exact ways corruption of elected public officials is uncovered -- and much more concerned with reducing corruption in public life.

The Fight Against Fraud and Abuse: Analyzing Constituent Support

September 01, 1982

Most efforts to combat fraud and abuse have relied on a punitive-deterrent approach, assuming that higher penalties and stricter enforcemeni will both punish present offenders and deter potential ones.

Making Interest Groups work for the Public

August 01, 1982

If there is one subject which divided political scientists and the public, it is interest groups.

Prematurely Burying Our Industrial Society

June 28, 1982

It is intellectually chic to say that the United States is changing from an inductrial society to a high-technology society.

Toward a Political Psychology of Economics

June 25, 1982

This paper explores the relationship between economics and the other social sciences and the implications for public policymaking.  

The Balanced Budget Amendment–Simplistic

June 08, 1982

The call for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget reminds me of those defeated people who, having utterly failed to control their calorie intake, have their jaws wired shut. This act of desperation is an open admission of their inability to control their impulses. For a handful of individuals to give up on moderating their eating may be pitiful, but for a nation to go so far toward despair of its public institutions is acutely disturbing.

From Nuggets to Dross: The False Gleam of the Gold Standard

March 15, 1982

The gold standard is being actively promoted these days by a group of true believers who combine fervent believe in their positions with well-honed communications skills and a wild use of facts, analogies, and free-for-all conclusions.

Monetarists Exact Too High a Price for Theory That Doesn’t Work

March 14, 1982

“Monetarists Exact Too High a Price for Theory That Doesn’t Work” The Los Angeles Times (March 14, 1982).

Riding a Whirlwind

March 01, 1982

Policy research and advocacy is a process, an integral part of the total societal-political give-and-take, not a set of isolated events. In his daydreams, a policy researcher formulates a fine new idea, whispers it in the ear of the president, and sees him order his staff to "go" with it. In reality, viable policy ideas are not born full-grown; their development requires a process of research, consultation, formulation, and reformulation. Access to key policy makers is in itself a process, especially when significant matters are at stake, with one or more gatekeepers screening and many others asking to review, comment, and affect the "input." If ignored or circumvented, they will tend to oppose the policy ideas, as part of their attempt to preserve their opportunity to participate, their status, and their power.

Refugee Resettlement: The Infighting in Washington

November 01, 1981

In early 1979 the Carter administration found itself facing a refugee crisis as mounting political tensions throughout Southeast Asia increased the number of people seeking asylum in America. Refugees began arriving in the spring of 1975 after the collapse of noncommunist regimes in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The flow subsided somewhat until 1978, when renewed fighting generated a new wave of refugees. Thousands of ethnic Chinese fled Vietnam after the war erupted between Vietnam and China in 1979, and Vietnamese expansion also created a new flow of refugees from Laos and Cambodia into Thailand.