Issues for Debate in American Public Policy: Selections from CQ Researcher (16th 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. Because it is an annual volume and comes together just months before publication, each report is as current as possible. And because it is CQ Researcher, 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. All issues include 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. Food Policy Debates Are concerns about food quality warranted? Should foods linked to diet-related diseases be regulated? Should the federal government require healthier school lunches? Background Rise of Industrial Farming Back to the Land Government, Industry Respond Current Situation Scrutinizing the FDA Soda Tax Battle Outlook: Slow Change Notes Bibliography 2. Regulating Toxic Chemicals Do chemical plants need stronger safety regulations? Should manufacturers be required to prove their chemicals are safe before marketing them? Should companies have to disclose information about hazardous chemicals? Background Modern Hazards Abundance and Risks Anti-Regulatory Backlash Reach Current Situation Congress and TSCA Safety Board Controversy New Questions Outlook: Better Protection? Notes Bibliography BUSINESS AND ECONOMY 3. Future of Cars Will new technologies improve safety? Will new technologies reduce congestion? Will consumers buy automated cars? Background 8,000 Cars to 8 Million America Transformed Improved Technology Current Situation Regulatory Action Highway Funding Outlook: Ubiquitous Taxis Notes Bibliography 4. Wealth and Inequality Does income inequality hamper economic growth? Are parental background and inheritance becoming more important for success? Should the wealthy be taxed more? Background 'Fatal Ailment' Postwar Prosperity The Great Switch Current Situation Proposed Fixes Executive Pay Outlook: 'Oligarchic Evolution' Notes Bibliography 5. Women and Work Are women better off today than they were 50 years ago? Are women limiting themselves? Should workplaces become more accommodating for women? Background The Second Wave Women At Work Sharing the Load Current Situation Leadership Gap Legislative Efforts Outlook: More Jobs Notes Bibliography 6. Youth Unemployment Is high youth unemployment here to stay? Can government do more to put young people to work? Will high youth unemployment have a lasting effect on society? Background Early Youth Labor Job Corps School-to-Work Current Situation My Brother's Keeper Dual System Outlook: 'Second Machine Age' Notes Bibliography RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES 7. Abortion Debates Will the strategy of restricting abortions at the state level lead to Roe v. Wade being overturned? Does emergency contraception cause abortion? Should employers with religious objections be able to exclude coverage for abortions and birth control expenses in company health insurance plans? Background Banning Abortion Decriminalizing Abortion Challenging Roe Current Situation Abortion and the ACA Upcoming Elections Outlook: Pushback? Notes Bibliography 8. Big Data and Privacy Do big data's benefits outweigh the risks? Is big data speeding the erosion of privacy? Should the federal government strengthen its regulation of big data? Background Data Overload Birth of Big Data Data and Politics Current Situation Hunting Criminals 'Reclaim Your Name' Outlook: 'Internet of Things' Notes Bibliography 9. Domestic Drones Can drones fly safely in domestic airspace? Will domestic drones infringe on personal privacy? Can drones be effectively regulated? Background Early Drones Air Rights Privacy Precedents Current Situation FAA Testing Economic Impact Public Perception Outlook: Early Start? Notes Bibliography 10. Voting Controversies Should Congress revive the Voting Rights Act's preclearance requirement for some states and localities? Should courts strike down voter photo-ID laws? Should states make registration and voting easier? Background "Forces of Democracy" Election Mechanics "Voting Wars" Current Situation Court Cases Shift in Legislation Outlook: Continuing Debates Notes Bibliography SOCIAL POLICY 11. Housing the Homeless Does unemployment cause most homelessness? Is Housing First the best way to keep people from reverting to homelessness? Should homeless families receive bigger or longer-lasting housing subsidies? Background "I Ain't Got No Home" Emptying Aslyums The "New Homeless" New Strategies Current Situation Arresting the Problem Alternate Approach Outlook: "A Human Right" Notes Bibliography 12. Paying College Athletes Should college athletes be paid? Can colleges and universities afford to pay student-athletes? Are academic standards for college athletes strict enough? Background Early Competition Scandals and Television "500-Page Rulebook" Current Situation Athletes in Court Legislative Measures State Proposals NCAA Faces Revolt Outlook: How Much Change? Notes Bibliography 13. Regulating Lobbying Do current laws sufficiently regulate lobbying? Do lobbyists move in and out of government too easily? Does lobbyists' money have too much influence on policymaking? Background "Lobby Agents" Watergate Reforms Scandals Erupt Current Situation Inaction by Congress Court Decisions Executive Branch State Actions Outlook: Interest-Group Gridlock Notes Bibliography 14. School Discipline Has zero tolerance made schools safer? Should principals be able to discipline students for off-campus behavior? Should schools increase the number of armed security officers on campus? Background Rise of Zero Tolerance Shootings and Bullying School Resource Officers Current Situation Federal Efforts The Courts Reducing Suspensions Outlook: Striking a Balance Notes Bibliography HEALTH 15. Assisted Suicide Do the terminally ill have a right to choose when to end their lives? Does permitting assisted suicide lead to abuse? Does the Hippocratic Oath ethics code prevent doctors from helping patients die? Background 'Robes of the Executioner' Battle in the States Global Measures Current Situation Landmark Legislation In the Courts Health Care Costs Outlook: Young Movement Notes Bibliography NATIONAL SECURITY 16. Police Tactics Do SWAT teams and military tactics and weaponry have a place in policing? Has police use of military-style tactics increased tensions with minority communities? Do body cameras prevent police misconduct? Background Troops in the Streets War on Drugs Drawing Fire New Tensions Current Situation Stemming the Flow Troubled Cities Outlook: Re-engineering Police Culture Notes Bibliography
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