U.S. Domestic Policy Publications

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness by Kent H. Hughes

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness

May 01, 2005
Public and private sector collaboration helped the U.S. economy recover from its last period of economic malaise, and similar collaboration is needed today. Building the Next American Century describes that movement, including its origins in the stagflation of the early 1970s, declines in manufacturing, and challenges from Germany and Japan. more

Building the Next American Century

Feb 09, 2005
Collaboration between the public and private sectors helped the U.S. economy recover from its last period of economic malaise, and similar collaboration is needed today, according to a key participant in the 1980s–1990s competitiveness movement.In Building the Next American Century, Kent H. Hughes describes that movement, beginning with the conditions that stimulated it: stagflation in the early 1970s, declines in manufactured exports, and challenges from German and Japanese manufacturers. The United States responded with monetary and fiscal reform, technological innovation, and formation of a culture of lifelong learning. Although a great deal of leadership came from government, a new sense of partnership with the private sector and its leaders was crucial. Hughes attributes much of the national prosperity of the late 1990s to contributions from the private sectors. Hughes argues that a twenty-first-century competitiveness strategy with a system-wide approach to innovation, learning, and global engagement can meet today's challenges, even in the demanding environment shaped by national security concerns after 9/11.---Kent H. Hughes has served as President of the Council on Competitiveness, Associate Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Senior Economist of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, Chief Economist to Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd, and in a number of other important positions. He is currently director of the Project on Science, Technology, America, and the Global Economy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness(Woodrow Wilson Press, 2005)Price: $55.00 hardcover;$24.95 paperISBN 0-8018-8204-4 hardcover; 0-8018-8203-6 paperDistributed by: Johns Hopkins University PressTelephone: 1-800-537-5467 To order this book please visit: http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title_pages/8814.html more

 Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life, edited by Robert A. Katzmann

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life

May 01, 2004
One of the most distinguished figures in twentieth-century American politics, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was at the center of virtually every major political issue of his day. The contributors to this career-spanning assessment use their diverse interactions with him to paint a picture of an extraordinary thinker with many areas of intellectual concern. more

The Future of Merit: Twenty Years after the Civil Service Reform Act, edited by James P. Pfiffner and Douglas A. Brook

The Future of Merit: Twenty Years after the Civil Service Reform Act

May 01, 2000
The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 was the most far reaching reform of the federal government personnel system since the merit system was created in 1883. The Future of Merit reviews the aims and rates the accomplishments of the 1978 law and assesses the status of the civil service.  more

The American Planning Tradition: Culture and Policy, edited by Robert Fishman

The American Planning Tradition: Culture and Policy

Oct 01, 1999
This book looks at the figures and themes that have shaped American public spaces, schools, parks, libraries and cities. more

Welfare Reform: A Race to the Bottom? edited by Sanford F. Schram and Samuel H. Beer

Welfare Reform: A Race to the Bottom?

Oct 01, 1999
These essays on welfare reform by the most prominent scholars in the field canvas the issues both theoretically and empirically. The contributors present the pro and con arguments and assess the effects on related programs, as well as the prospects for poor mothers and their families. more

Reading Mixed Signals: Ambivalence in American Public Opinion about Government by Albert H. and Susan Davis Cantril

Reading Mixed Signals: Ambivalence in American Public Opinion about Government

Oct 01, 1999
Based on a national public opinion survey, this book takes a wide-ranging look at what lies beyond this paradox: what people say about government as a general matter is often at odds with what they actually want it to do. more

Taking Stock: American Government in the Twentieth Century, edited by Morton Keller and R. Shep Melnick

Taking Stock: American Government in the Twentieth Century

Oct 01, 1999
This work brings together eminent historians and political scienties to examine the past experience, current state, and future prospects of five major American public issues: trade and tariff policy, immigration and aliens, conservation and environmentalism, civil rights, and social welfare. more

Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy, edited by Martha Derthick

Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy

Oct 01, 1998
Nationalist and localist traditions vie within the American federal system and the American experiment with self-government. Bringing together contributions from history, political science, and sociology, this book focuses primarily on the local, seeking to recapture its origins, explain its current impact, and assess its worth. more

Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family by Betty Friedan

Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family

Oct 01, 1997
As the author of The Feminine Mystique and head of the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan helped spark a movement that revolutionized the fight for equal rights and opportunities for women. Now, in Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family, Friedan argues that the old solutions no longer work. The time has come, she contends, for women and men to move forward from identity politics and gender-based, single-issue political activism. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.