Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine, co-written by Public Policy program director Eric Patashnik, describes the U.S. medical system, the most advanced in the world, and its insufficient evaluation process of treatments that often become widespread.
Jessaca Leinaweaver, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in US News "Baby box programs purport to protect children by allowing them to be safely abandoned to the care of the government."
Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "Is India’s past, so marked by communal riots, transmuting itself into an era of lynching? Of immense political significance, this question is now squarely in front of us all."
Prerna Singh in India Ink, "I focus my attention on education and health but, you know, a very good further research would be to study whether this also applies to drinking water, to questions of livelihood, to roads, to a variety of other goods and services that we think of when we talk about these kinds of public services."
A paper co-authored by Watson economist Justine Hastings adds to growing evidence that for every additional dollar in food stamp benefits recipients get, nearly all of it goes into buying additional food.
On Wednesday, January 11th, Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Elena Shih and Dr. Joel Quirk from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) will convene a public debate on Human Trafficking awareness campaigns. Shih and Quirk are Editors of the Beyond Trafficking and Slavery section of openDemocracy.net, a London-based global digital commons with over nine million readers.
Eric Patashnik in The Washington Post, "Just as liberals in power often discover that it is difficult to expand the scope of government, conservatives in power have traditionally found that the task of dismantling existing programs can be daunting even under favorable circumstances."