Policy Perspectives



Unfair Welfare: The TANF Resources Problem

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives This article comes from a working paper by Michael Wiseman and David Meni at the GW Institute of Public Policy, which can be viewed here. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). On a surface level, many claim […]
Posted: 2016-04-13More...

The Big Fallacy: China Replacing US as the Global Superpower

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives As early as 2011, and arguably earlier, Americans have been warned of a looming monster across the sea: China and it’s inexplicable rise on the world stage.  Additionally, constant news of political partisan divides, racism in the US, a somewhat failing public education system, and the rise […]
Posted: 2016-04-13More...

Turning a Blind Eye: The US Failure to Recognize the Armenian Genocide After 101 Years

Andre Avanessians, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives April 24, 2016 will mark the 101 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The killing of 1.5 million Armenians carried out by the Ottoman Empire (current day Turkey), continues to go unrecognized by United States, a nation that considers human rights and justice to be  cornerstones of […]
Posted: 2016-04-13More...

“Draw Bridges Up” is Not the Answer – Why Europe Must Keep the Schengen Agreement Intact

Conor McGrath, MPA, Staff Writer/Deputy Editor, Brief Policy Perspectives As the global refugee crisis worsens, European governments have quickly embarked on a hysteria-driven campaign of border closing, making it harder for refugees to move around the passport-free Schengen zone. These fears, which are fueled by the misplaced anxiety that refugees  are a danger to public […]
Posted: 2016-04-13More...

What Drives the Russia-China Relationship

Konark Sikka, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the past decade, China has developed its reputation on the global stage as an influential actor with initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the One Belt, One Road initiative and military presence in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, Russia has also been increasingly active […]
Posted: 2016-04-13More...

Revoking Voting Rights as Criminal Punishment

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly took an unprecedented step to restore voting rights to more than 40,000 released felons. Similar to many states, Maryland previously allowed ex-offenders to vote only after they completed their entire sentence, which included probation and time on parole. Since the […]
Posted: 2016-04-13More...



Volume 23 Launch Event

Posted: 2016-01-29

Now Accepting Book and Interview Proposals!


Policy Perspectives, TSPPPA's student-run journal, is now accepting interview and book review proposals for Volume 23! Policy Perspectives welcomes all current and former TSPPPA master's, PhD, or certificate students to submit proposals.

Interview Proposal Guidelines
  • In approximately 500 to 750 words, your interview proposal should identify the person you wish to interview, explain why the person is significant, and lay out a realistic plan to conduct the interview.
  • We do not have specific content requirements, but we suggest reviewing the interviews that Policy Perspectives has published in past volumes (for example, with TSPPPA alumni Andrew DiRosaand Admiral Thad Allen) to get a sense of what might be appropriate.
Book Review Proposal Guidelines
  • In approximately 500 to 750 words, your book review proposal should identify a work in the fields of public policy or public administration and explain why the book is significant.
  • You may also choose to review multiple related books together.
  • You do not need to have finished reading the book(s) at the time you submit your proposal, nor do you need to submit a draft of the review itself. After reviewers are selected, you will have until Friday, January 22, 2016 to read the book(s) and write the review.
  • We do not have specific content requirements, but we suggest reviewing past book reviews on our web site to get a sense of what might be appropriate.
  • We will not publish reviews of books that have already been reviewed by Policy Perspectives.
Please submit only one interview or book review proposal for consideration. If you are already a Policy Perspectives author or Associate Editor, you may not submit a proposal.
Please follow the instructions below to submit your proposal anonymously:
  1. Upload your book review proposal here or interview proposal here, along with a brief writing samplewith your name and any other identifying information removed from the file.
  2. Send an email with your name and book title OR name of your proposed interviewee to polpersp@gwu.edu with the subject line "Volume 23 Book Review Proposal" or "Volume 23 Interview Proposal."
Proposals are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 6. Everyone who submits an interview or book review proposal will hear back byWednesday, December 23.
If you have any questions, please email us at polpersp@gwu.edu. We look forward to your submissions!
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