Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University faculty member, wins Nobel Prize for Economics

Elinor Ostrom Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today (Oct. 12). Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. She is co-founder and senior research director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at IU.  Full Story

IU Kokomo dean speaks on democracy at Nigerian universities

Robert Dibie

Nigeria may have achieved 10 consecutive years of democratic rule, but the decade hasn't been peaceful or prosperous for most Nigerians, said Robert Dibie, dean and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Kokomo, who delivered keynote addresses on the decade of democracy this year at two Nigerian universities.

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Law and SPEA students to take part in groundbreaking counter-terrorism simulation

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In the event of terrorist attack on American soil, what rights and responsibilities do public officials have to protect citizens? How far can officials go in limiting freedoms while still maintaining constitutionally protected rights? What are the potential conflicts between or within agencies that might hinder or complicate government responses? These are some of the questions that students from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI will face during an Oct. 23 groundbreaking counter-terrorism simulation.

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Political polarization is increasing, but so is participation, sociologist finds

Political Polarization

It's a common refrain: "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the two political parties." But a recent study by Kyle Dodson, a graduate student in Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Sociology, indicates that Americans have put this complaint to rest.

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Lee Hamilton: It's time to restore Congress to its rightful place in government

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Lee Hamilton spent 34 years in the U.S. Congress, and he retains a deep affection for the institution -- and frustration that it has sunk so far from what the Founding Fathers intended. He analyzes what went wrong and charts a path for restoring Congress to its rightful place in his new book Strengthening Congress. Hamilton followed up on the themes during a recent visit to Indiana University Bloomington to mark the 10th anniversary of IU's Center on Congress.

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Law professor testifies before Senate committee on Burma, urges constitutional change

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Facing the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor David C. Williams on Sept. 30 urged the federal government not to relax sanctions on the military regime in Burma -- also known as Myanmar -- until demonstrable progress can be shown in constitutional development and human rights.

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IU South Bend names first sustainability fellows

Sara Stewart

Four South Bend-area residents are the first participants in a Sustainability Fellows Program with the Indiana University South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future. Sustainability fellows will include faculty from other institutions, as well as professionals and practitioners involved in sustainability work.

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Previous issue

Marie Buckingham and Zach Brown

The Sept. 8, 2009, issue of Perspectives on Policy features a story on student interns who carried out sustainability projects this summer at IU Bloomington. It also includes profiles of two politically active professors and stories about American beliefs about health care reform legislation, NEH-funded teacher institutes at IU, and two well-known figures scheduled to visit IU.

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