Issues for Debate in American Public Policy: Selections from CQ Researcher (15th Revised edition)
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This collection of nonpartisan and thoroughly researched reports focuses on 16 hot-button policy issues written by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists. The policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing all sides of an issue. Chapters follow a set organization, exploring 3 issue questions, then offering background, the current situation, and a look ahead, as well as featuring a yes-no debate box. As with all the CQ Researcher issues, this text includes a chronology, bibliography, photos, charts, and figures.
CQ Researcher is the choice of librarians, researchers, and students seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on the most vital issues shaping our world. Each weekly report offers in-depth, unbiased coverage of a single topic. Written by CQ Press's staff of experienced reporters, these reports provide up-to-date information on a wide range of social, economic, political, environmental, and international issues.
ANNOTATED CONTENTS PREFACE CONTRIBUTORS ENVIRONMENT 1. Climate Change Are catastrophic climate change impacts inevitable? Is climate engineering a good idea? Should the United States adopt a carbon tax? Background Current Situation Outlook: Adapting and Leading Notes Bibliography 2. Coastal Development Should state and local governments block coastal development? Can the federal flood insurance program be fixed? Does New York City need floodgates? Background Current Situation Outlook: Resilient Coastlines Notes Bibliography BUSINESS AND ECONOMY 3. The Federal Reserve Should the Fed's mandate still include assuring maximum employment? Should the Fed continue its massive "quantitative easing" strategy of buying government securities? Is the Fed too close to banks it regulates? Background Current Situation Outlook: Continuing Conflicts Notes Bibliography 4. U.S. Trade Policy Will expanding free trade create jobs for Americans? Can U.S. firms compete with state-owned companies? Does expanding free trade help promote human rights and democracy? Background Current Situation Outlook: Change in China Notes Bibliography RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES 5. Media Violence Does media violence cause aggressive behavior? Are there benefits from media violence? Should the government regulate violence in media? Background Current Situation Outlook: Debate Rages On Notes Bibliography 6. Sentencing Reform Should mandatory sentences be rolled back? Are lengthy sentences necessary to protect public safety? Do alternatives to incarceration reduce recidivism? Background Current Situation Outlook: New Consensus? Notes Bibliography 7. Racial Profiling Are racial and ethnic profiling prevalent in U.S. law enforcement today? Do aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics help reduce crime? Should courts take a leading role in combating police racial and ethnic profiling? Background Current Situation Outlook: Mean Streets Notes Bibliography 8. Government Surveillance Is government surveillance making the country safer? Does government surveillance violate civil rights? Does surveillance undermine Americans' trust in government? Background Current Situation Outlook: More Cameras Notes Bibliography 9. Gay Marriage Does the Defense of Marriage Act improperly deny federal benefits to same-sex couples? Did California voters violate the U.S. Constitution by passing Proposition 8? Should the Supreme Court recognize a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry? Background Current Situation Outlook: A Lasting Shift Notes Bibliography SOCIAL POLICY 10. Polarization in America Will political polarization inevitably increase across America? Does a no-compromise stance threaten U.S. democracy? Should the United States shift to a parliamentary system of government? Background Current Situation Outlook: Proposed Solutions Notes Bibliography 11. Whistleblowers Are national security leakers whistleblowers? Are federal whistleblowers adequately protected? Are private-sector whistleblowers adequately protected? Background Current Situation Outlook: Contagious Courage? Notes Bibliography 12. Minimum Wage Would raising the federal minimum wage mean job losses? Would raising the federal minimum wage reduce poverty? Would raising the federal minimum wage help the economy? Background Current Situation Outlook: Action Expected Notes Bibliography 13. Government Spending Is too much being spent on mandatory programs? Is too much being spent on Social Security and Medicare? Is too much being spent on discretionary programs? Background Current Situation Outlook: Forever Sequester? Notes Bibliography HEALTH 14. Mental Health Policy Should states make it easier to force the mentally ill into treatment? Does the medical profession define mental illness too broadly? Do insurers treat mental and physical health equally? Background Current Situation Outlook: Legislation in Limbo Bibliography Notes National Security and Foreign Policy 15. Border Security Has the border security buildup made the United States more secure? Is it possible to 'seal' the U.S. borders? Is the United States paying enough attention to security at its ports of entry, Canadian border and coasts? Background Current Situation Outlook: 'Drone Recycling' Notes Bibliography 16. Improving Cybersecurity Are doomsday cyberwar scenarios exaggerated? Should the U.S. government impose cybersecurity standards on the private sector? Should the United Nations regulate the Internet? Background Current Situation Outlook: Managing Intrusions Notes Bibliography
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