Great Ideas in Political Science

I taught public policy this semester, which always sounds like a snore, but isn't. At least, once you get past talking about the theory and models. I really enjoy the creative aspect of public policy. I like people who come up with novel ways of solving old problems. I give my students to wide latitude to pursue different ideas in their final paper for the class.

Which is why I tried to not react badly, when one student suggested solving the problem of over crowding in prisons by using prisoners for involuntary testing of cosmetics and chemical products. She thought that it would save the pain on harmless bunnies, eliminate some of the prisoners through death, and have them repay their debt to society.

The New York Times magazine has the other hot ideas of 2008. They mention 538, the wage gap between traditional and egalitarian men, and the negative impact of red shirting kindergarteners on the economy.

3 thoughts on “Great Ideas in Political Science

  1. The negative consequences of redshirting was so laughably bad I can’t believe these guys have jobs. There are a ton of contingencies between the delayed entry of kindergarten and entering the work force that trying to draw any correlation between these two events is crystal ball gazing at it’s worst. I swear I double checked to see if one of the authors was named Trelawney (sp?).


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