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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 2 • Issue 10 • Dec 2014

Jacob HackerFrom Jacob Hacker

Whatever December holiday you celebrate, this is a moment to review a year almost over and look forward to the possibilities of the next. For me, the highlight of this year has been watching so many engaged interdisciplinary events, projects, and programs come together, and then sharing in the ideas and enthusiasms of the people who have made them possible. The selection of recent happenings below is representative of what makes ISPS tick: thoughtful commentary on public affairs by scholars (here Vesla Weaver on American policing), sage reflections on the social sciences (here David Mayhew on the late, great Bob Dahl) and stellar achievements by the youngest members of the ISPS team, our Director’s Fellows (here Josh Feinzig, who has created Connecticut’s first youth court). I hope you will enjoy these holiday gifts as much as I do.


Jan 14 @ 12:00 CSAP
Vivekinan Ashok (Yale)

Jan. 21 @ 12:00 CSAP
Dan Carpenter (Harvard)

Jan. 22 @ 12:00
Quantitative Methods
Don Green (Columbia)

Jan. 28 @ 12:00 CSAP
Brandice Canes-Wrone

Jan. 29 @ 12:00
Quantitative Methods
Sherri Rose (Harvard Med)


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Vesla Weaver on Modern Policing


In the wake of the grand jury's decisions on whether to prosecute the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we turn to Vesla Weaver's writings on the problems of race and modern policing: Read her just published op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on the effects of high incarceration rates in poor urban neighborhoods; her recent op-ed in Theory & Event on "Black Citizenship and Summary Punishment:  A Brief History to the Present;" her podcast in August on Slate's All Criminal Justice edition on the issue of "broken window" policing; and an article in Boston Review, "The Only Government I Know," on the negative effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in poor black urban neighborhoods. Last month in an interview at the University of Virginia's Miller Center aired on PBS, Weaver was interviewed by Douglas Blackmon on the consequences of American crime control; and earlier in the year in an interview at Think Progress, she addressed the disproportionate targeting of black Americans by police

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Limor Peer writes on the open access movement in "Why 'Intelligent Openness' is Especially Important When Content is Disaggregated."
Rebecca McKibbin, an economics graduate student and ISPS Policy Fellow, writes on the high costs of developing new cancer drugs and some options to make it less expensive in "Funding Off-Patient Cancer Drug Development to Reduce Costs of Treatment."
Matthew Regele, a PhD student at the School of Management and ISPS Policy Fellow, writes about the value of established manufacturers as critical innovators in "Small, Old, but Vital: Established Small Businesses and the Innovation Economy."

Yale Junior, Josh Feinzig, Co-Founder of Youth Court

Josh Feinzig, a Yale junior and ISPS DIrector's Fellow, has spent the last two years at Yale co-founding Project Youth Court, Inc., an organization that works to implement alternative criminal justice approaches and systems to keep young people out of traditional criminal justice systems. Because youth court models utilize balanced and restorative justice techniques, they can lower recidivism rates and provide an alternative outlet to confront juvenile wrongdoing without sending young people into the traditional justice system. The Youth Court, takes place in a normal courtroom, and has other youths serve as jurors. Adult lawyers and judges volunteer pro bono to serve as attorneys and judges. While youth courts have appeared throughout the United States over the past few decades, Connecticut is the only state to never have had a youth court. The New Haven Youth Court will be the first in the state's history. 

Questions, Concepts, Evidence: Mayhew on Bob Dahl


Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale, David Mayhew, writes on the genius of the late Robert Dahl, emeritus Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale, forthcoming in the Journal of Political Power. Mayhew begins, "Of the many ingredients of that genius, I would like to discuss three. They entail questions, concepts and the use of evidence. I draw on Dahl’s writings as well as, in certain details, personal acquaintance with him. I close with comments on Dahl as a democrat." Read forthcoming article.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Ryan Garcia's paper "National Service and Civic Engagement: A Natural Experiment," is published in Political Behavior with research funded by ISPS.
Jacob Hacker in London delivers a talk on "predistribution" at Policy Network's, "Governing from the Left after the Third Way."
Zack Cooper, also in England, delivers two talks: one at University of York on the relationship between length of stay and patient outcomes, and the other at LSE on "Understanding the Pricing Dynamics in the US Health Care Industry."
Alan Gerber's work is cited in Lee Drutman's piece in Washington Post's Monkey Cage on why we still need to worry about money in politics.

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