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Issues for Debate in American Public Policy
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Issues for Debate in American Public Policy
Selections from CQ Researcher

Eighteenth Edition


March 2017 | 432 pages | CQ Press
This collection of non-partisan reports written by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists focuses on provocative current policy issues. As an annual publication that comes together just months before it goes to press, the volume is all new and as up-to-date as possible. And because it’s CQ Researcher, the policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing all sides of an issue. Chapters follow a consistent organization—exploring three issue questions, then offering background, current context, and a look ahead—and feature a pro/con debate box. All issues include a chronology, bibliography, photos, charts, and figures.
 
ANNOTATED CONTENTS
 
PREFACE
 
CONTRIBUTORS
 
ENVIRONMENT
 
1. Coal Industry’s Future
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Smaller, Cleaner, Safer  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
2. Managing Western Lands
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Bridging Divides  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
3. Drinking Water Safety
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Water and Politics  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
 
4. The Gig Economy
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Uncertain Times  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
5. Jailing Debtors
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Real Opportunity  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
 
6. Populism and Party Politics
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Here to Stay  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
7. Campaign Finance
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Supreme Court Is Key  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
8. Racial Profiling
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Regaining Trust?  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
SOCIAL POLICY
 
9. Social Security
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Kicking the Can  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
10. Future of the Middle Class
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Slower Growth  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
11. Student Debt
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Cost-Cutting Challenges  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
HEALTH
 
12. Prescription Drug Costs
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Good News, Bad News  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
13. Opioid Crisis
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: A Better Place?  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
14. Vaccine Controversies
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Pipeline Expanding  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
NATIONAL SECURITY
 
15. Closing Guantanamo
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Finding an End Game  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
16. Protecting the Power Grid
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook: Rogue States  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • All selections are brand new and explore some of today’s most significant American public policy issues, including:
    • Racial profiling;
    • Populism and party politics;
    • Student debt;
    • The gig economy;
    • Coal industry’s future;
    • Prescription drug costs; and
    • Much more!
KEY FEATURES:

  • All selections are brand new and explore some of today’s most vital policy issues.
  • Pro/con boxes in every report examine two competing sides of a single question to enhance readers’ critical thinking skills.
  • Detailed chronologies put each issue into context.
  • An annotated bibliography and web resources allow readers to explore topics of interest in more depth.
  • Photos, charts, graphs, and maps clarify key points and enhance visual understanding.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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ISBN: 9781506368801