• A System That Fosters Deceit

    Conventional wisdom has it that the competitive market system driven by profit motive is a self-regulating arrangement that ensures optimum economic efficiency and welfare. This economistic ideology, so it is assumed, works well, though state intervention may be necessary, through appropriate taxes and subsidies to solve the problems of “externalities” and “unfair” income distribution.

  • Off the softball field, Congresswomen are plenty partisan

    Democratic women and men are statistically indistinguishable from one another, as are their GOP colleagues. The Lugar Center doesn’t have data for the House, except for the 113th Congress. But the results from that lone Congress certainly don’t help the conventional wisdom. Republican women and men’s scores don’t differ. Among Democrats, though, women are actually less bipartisan than men.

  • The Morning Risk Report: Study Finds State Oil Cos More Prone to Corruption

    "Bribes to high government officials are more likely when contract awarding authority is vested in opaque institutions," said Paasha Mahdavi, an assistant professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.

  • Inspiring Words for Aspiring Young Development Workers

    On May 19, USAID Administrator Gayle Smith delivered the commencement address to graduates of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. While still in her first year leading USAID, she has fundamentally shaped the pattern of US foreign assistance over the past eight years, and led the effort that generated the US Government’s first-ever Presidential Policy Directive on Development.

  • Trump escalates his gender war

    E.J. Dionne Jr. explains that "Trump is the champion of subliminal messaging. He loves to remind us that his candidacy depends on the regular mobilization of intolerance."

  • Still Not Running for President: After TV Blitz, Ryan Holds Town Hall at Georgetown

    Reaching out to millennials, the House speaker urges them to look past Trump and focus on the GOP agenda. Ryan held a live-streamed forum with students at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, arguing that – current Republican presidential candidates aside – young people should vote GOP if they want to preserve their future.

  • Philly cheesesteak is test for candidates, not just a lunch

    Five-point plans, engaging speeches and star endorsements are all important in a presidential campaign, but how well do candidates REALLY know the cities and towns where they’re wooing voters?

  • 2016’s scrambled coalitions

    E.J. Dionne Jr.discusses: "Republicans belong to a more ideological party, but ideology has mattered less in the GOP primaries this year than in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders."

  • Sanders Adviser Says Campaign May Have To 'Re-Evaluate' After Tuesday

    Mo Elleithee, executive director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, worked on the Clinton campaign in 2008. "We were behind," Elleithee said. "We had a late burst of momentum. But the math was never there for us."

  • Why women and graduates of color get lower-paying jobs

    For one, African-American college graduates are overrepresented in some of the lowest-paying majors and underrepresented in some of the nation’s fastest growing and highest paying fields, according to a February study released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. That’s in part because black students are more likely that their white peers to attend less-selective and often less-resourced schools, which may not have the money to support a wide variety of science and technology majors.