Policy Brief

  Women’s Rights and the Arab Spring Overview on the Middle East and North Africa Successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt in the last year have sparked movements against dictatorships across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf region. These movements call for democratization, new...
11/02/2011
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At a time when millions of Americans remain unemployed, underemployed and out of the labor force entirely, public debate has correctly focused on job creation. With more than four jobseekers for every single job opening, the nation’s deep jobs deficit must be urgently addressed.   But the...
10/11/2011
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The protesters seeking to “occupy” the financial district in New York and other cities have been widely depicted in the media as having no coherent rationale for their protests. In fact, though, these protesters have chosen the right target: a set of institutions and actors who not only played a...
10/11/2011
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Massachusetts’ strong and vibrant middle class didn’t just happen. It was built brick by brick by the hard work of our parents and grandparents and the strength in numbers that came from the unions that represented them. From the first child labor law in the nation (1843) and the trade unions of...
09/29/2011
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The assault on the right to vote that has taken place in 2011 is historic in terms of its geographic scope and intensity. The state laws that have been passed to curtail early voting, make voter registration more difficult, and require voters to present government-issued photo identification and/or...
09/14/2011
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The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply-unemployment remains high, earnings are...
09/14/2011
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A Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech President Obama’s plan to address America’s job crisis contains many positive elements. If fully enacted, White House proposals would modestly stimulate economic growth, lead to new hiring, reduce hardship among the millions of Americans who are now...
09/09/2011
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Opponents of regulation claim that more needs to be done to check the ability of federal agencies to issue regulations. They claim that agencies are too quick to issue regulations and that they do so without regard to the impact of regulations on our economy. Unfortunately, in many cases our...
08/12/2011
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After a careful review of dozens of surveys and thousands of survey questions, most conducted within the past five years, the author categorized several images of government that emerge from existing surveys. These images are somewhat subjective and are simply intended to illuminate patterns in...
08/09/2011
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Public Works began this far-reaching effort with groundbreaking analysis and thorough, multifaceted research that examined Americans' attitudes toward the public sector. This research, which was originally conducted in 2004–2005 by the FrameWorks Institute and re–tested in 2008–2009 by the Topos...
08/09/2011
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