IU experts from multiple fields join forces in Indiana Democracy Consortium

Constitution What does it take to build a vibrant and stable democracy in a nation lacking democratic traditions? Why do some democracies flourish and others fail? Through an initiative called the Indiana Democracy Consortium, Indiana University Bloomington experts are working across academic boundaries to answer those and similar questions that have grown in urgency since the end of the Cold War.  Full Story

Indiana University survey finds majority of U.S. physicians favor national health insurance


The largest survey ever of American physicians' opinions on health-care financing has found that 59 percent of doctors support government legislation to establish national health insurance while only 32 percent oppose it. The 2007 survey results demonstrate a significant increase in support for national health insurance from a similar survey 10 years earlier. Nearly every medical specialty showed an increase in levels of support for national health insurance.

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The double dividend: Can “green taxes” help the environment and the economy?


With the U.S. economy faltering and with concerns about climate change growing stronger, policy makers may be tempted to look to "green taxes" for solutions to both economic and environmental problems. A study by an Indiana University economist and two colleagues suggests the strategy could work -- but it's likely to do more good for the economy than for the environment.

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IU Northwest reaches out with annual Public Affairs Week

IU Northwest

Each spring, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest reaches out to the larger community with a week of activities focused on teaching, learning and service. During the annual Public Affairs Week, professors open their classrooms to the public and the campus organizes events to shed light on issues of importance to northwestern Indiana.

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From climate change to violent conflict

Rafael Reuveny

Adverse environmental change has played a role in out-migration and conflict, and it might do so again. Climate change is the largest environmental change expected in this century. Logically, as environmental degradation has led to out-migration and conflict in some cases, climate change may also do so, assuming no mitigating measures are taken.

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Water supply may be next big environmental issue, IU experts say


Fresh water doesn't usually show up near the top of the long list of environmental challenges facing the United States and the world. But a recent panel discussion at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington indicated fresh-water reserves may be the next big issue.

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Previous issue


The March 18, 2008, issue of Perspectives on Policy featured a story about students at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis who are learning about homelessness and who took part in the city's official count of the homeless. Also included were an interview with IU Bloomington political scientist Abdulkader Sinno about his new book; an article about Indiana's decision to ban dishwasher detergents that contain phosphorus; a report on research concerning visual images in presidential election coverage; a feature on an IU Kokomo professor's book on social class; and news about visits to IU by high-level Chinese officials.

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