Americans lament nasty politics but think civil campaigns are possible, study finds

Political Polarization A clear majority of Americans believe politics have become less civil since Barack Obama became president, and they say the nasty tone is not healthy for democracy, according to a public opinion study by an Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne professor. But the study also found strong optimism that civility in politics is possible: Nine of 10 respondents said they believe candidates can conduct aggressive but respectful campaigns.  Full Story

As EPA turns 40, IU professor recalls its creation

A. James Barnes

Forty years ago this month, A. James Barnes was a first-hand witness to history: the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was a special assistant to William Ruckelshaus, the first EPA administrator, and later his chief of staff. Barnes, a professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and in the IU Maurer School of Law, said Ruckelshaus set a tone of fair and unbiased enforcement of environmental laws, an approach that served the agency well.

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Rippel Foundation awards grant to Ostrom, IU research center, to apply insights to health care

Health Commons

Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis have been awarded a $295,000 grant from the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation to explore applying Ostrom's theories and insights to health and health care. The project will be led by Ostrom, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the 2009 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, and Michael McGinnis, director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

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Study by IU seminar examines ‘social-ecological’ systems in intentional communities

Forest Management

Groups of idealistic young people settled in the wooded hills of southern Indiana in the 1960s and '70s, establishing "intentional communities" based on reverence for nature and a desire to escape city life. A study by participants in an Indiana University graduate seminar examines five such communities, drawing conclusions about why some have thrived and others have not.

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IU institute helps shape Indiana policy for people with disabilities

Disabilities Meeting

What do Hoosiers with disabilities want? Pretty much the same things that other Indiana residents want: rewarding jobs, comfortable and affordable housing, decent health care, high-quality education and transportation to get where they need to go. Those are among the initial indications of a project by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community to get input on government services from people with disabilities, their family members, and community service providers across the state.

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IUPUI, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi sign path-breaking agreement


In an historic event, leaders of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians have agreed to develop educational and cultural preservation programs for the Indian nation. IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and Matt Wesaw, the tribal chairman of the Pokagon Band, signed a proclamation formalizing the relationship.

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Ostrom makes case for local action on climate change

Sustainability Conference

Indiana University professor and Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom has given presentations around the world about the need for a "polycentric" approach to fighting global climate change, with individual, household and community actions complementing larger-scale agreements. But at a meeting this month at IU Bloomington, Ostrom dispensed with the lecture and PowerPoint slides and convened a community discussion about steps that can be taken in Bloomington.

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Previous issue

College Republicans

The Nov. 9, 2010, issue of Perspectives in Policy leads off with a story on the 2010 elections, focusing on Indiana races and IU student participation. It also includes stories on the annual IU Business Outlook Panel's predictions, a report on vehicle accidents in Indiana, campus talks by author Thomas Friedman, a session on Indianapolis' plans for hosting the Super Bowl, a presentation on the European Union and Indiana's economy, and an IU policy brief on improving college completion rates.

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