Michael Steinberg, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The federal government aspires to foster innovation in society, and perhaps the oldest, most valuable, and least understood way policymakers spur innovation is by issuing patents.  Patents are official documents that give a person or company the right to be the only producer that makes or sells […]

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The next administration has promised to reverse course on several centerpiece energy policies of recent years. Besides the politics behind doing so, let’s take a look at what the effects and consequences of backpedaling would be. The biggest changes will focus on two interconnected policy decisions, the Clean […]

Jordan Pic, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives It seems natural that the “Sunshine State” should be known for harvesting one of the most  popular  forms of  clean energy – solar power. However, things aren’t always so sunny. Florida ranks fourteenth in its installed capacity for producing solar energy, even though its potential to produce solar […]

By Zhao Zhai, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On June 24, 2016, the British people made one of the most significant collective decisions in history: leaving the Europe Union. The conservative party held the referendum after facing significant pressure from many euroskeptic Conservative and UKIP (UK Independence Party) members of Parliament.  In the final […]

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives   As a young girl growing up in India, my elder sister wanted to become the Prime Minister. Unlike in many other countries, she had several powerful women to inspire her. Indira Gandhi was one of India’s strongest prime ministers.  She served for fourteen years, a mere 30 years […]

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In a poll conducted last year, the Washington Post posed the following question to assess perceptions of redevelopment in DC: As you may know, the District government is trying to redevelop parts of the city to attract new businesses and residents. Do you think this process of […]

Elizabeth Morehead, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A recent Pew Study showed that more than seven-in-ten American adults follow the news closely. 81% of American adults get at least a portion of their news through websites, apps, or social networking sites. In the past few years, pressing racial issues have surfaced in the U.S.and received […]