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Policymaking in the Information Age

Summer 2007


Not enough U.S. engineers?; Technology evolution in India and China; Advice for India; China as innovator; Education and U.S. competitiveness; Emissions reduction; Assessing science's social effects

From the Hill

Major bills to boost U.S. competitiveness advance; Support grows for capping and trading carbon emissions; Bill to establish national ocean policy falters; Senate committee approves energy package; Congress boosts budget spending limit, despite veto threat

Editor’s Journal: Getting Our Act Together

Kevin Finneran

Perspective: Tiny Technology, Enormous Implications

Ronald Sandler, Christopher J. Bosso

Does Science Policy Matter?

Daniel Sarewitz

It would if we had a real science policy, but what we have now is science politics.

Water Scarcity: The Food Factor

David Molden, Charlotte de Fraiture, Frank Rijsberman

With ever more water needed to raise crops to feed the burgeoning global population, efforts to produce more food with less water are critical to averting a crisis.

Community College: The Unfinished Revolution

James E. Rosenbaum, Julie Redline, Jennifer L. Stephan

Although public two-year colleges have dramatically improved college access for large numbers of disadvantaged students, serious deficiencies in how they operate are limiting their value.

The University As Innovator: Bumps in the Road

Robert E. Litan, Lesa Mitchell, E. J. Reedy

Many university technology transfer offices have become bottlenecks rather than facilitators of innovation. New approaches are needed.

The Promise of Data-Driven Policymaking

Daniel Esty, Reece Rushing

The federal government is only scratching the surface in its use of information technologies to collect, analyze, and use data in innovative ways.

Full Disclosure: Using Transparency to Fight Climate Change

Elena Fagotto, Mary Graham

An essential first step in any effective climate change policy is to require major contributors to fully disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.

Book Review: How the Internet Got Its Groove

Marjory S. Blumenthal

From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
, by 
Fred Turner.

Book Review: No model for policymaking

Stephen R. Carpenter

Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future
, by 
Orrin H. Pilkey and Linda Pilkey-Jarvis.

Book Review: The politics of jobs

William B. Bonvillian

America Works: Critical Thoughts on the Exceptional U.S. Labor Market
, by 
Richard B. Freeman.