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Issues for Debate in American Public Policy
Selections from CQ Researcher

20th Edition
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February 2019 | 440 pages | CQ Press

Written by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists, this annual collection of nonpartisan and thoroughly researched reports focuses on 16 hot-button policy issues. With reports ranging from racial profiling to prescription drug costs, the Twentieth Edition of Issues for Debate in American Public Policy promotes in-depth discussion, facilitates further research, and helps readers formulate their own positions on crucial policy issues. And because it is CQ Researcher, the policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing readers all sides of an issue.   

Because this annual volume comes together just months before publication, 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,
  • the future of the coal industry,
  • prescription drug costs, and
  • much more!  

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ANNOTATED CONTENTS
 
PREFACE
 
CONTRIBUTORS
 
ENVIRONMENT
Patrick Marshall
1. Disaster Readiness
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should the National Flood Insurance Program be discontinued?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
Christina L. Lyons
2. For-Profit Prisons
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should private industry play a role in prison operations?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
REED KARAIM
3. Privatizing Government Services
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should the U.S. use private capital to rebuild infrastructure?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Patrick Marshall
4. Labor Shortage Debate
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should employers be required to use E-Verify to avoid hiring undocumented immigrants?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Jonathan Broder
5. Financial Services Deregulation
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Has the Dodd-Frank law been good for the country?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Christina L. Lyons
6. Affordable Housing Shortage
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Will single-family homes become less prevalent in urban areas?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
Tom Price
7. Gun Violence
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Would arming teachers make schools safer?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Tom Price
8. Election Security and Voting Rights
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should voters have to show a photo ID?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Susan Ladika
9. Christianity in America
Background  
Chronology  
At Issue: Should the Johnson Amendment curbing churches’ political activities be repealed?  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
SOCIAL POLICY
Sharon O’Malley
10. Conspiracy Theories
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should conspiracy theories receive First Amendment protection?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Jane Fullerton Lemons
11. The Fight over Net Neutrality
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Is regulation necessary to ensure unfettered online access?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
12. Education Funding Barbara Mantel
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Are teachers underpaid?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
HEALTH
Christina L. Lyons
13. Worker Safety
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Can OSHA compliance-assistance programs improve worker safety?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
NATIONAL SECURITY
Reed Karaim
14. U.S. Trade Policy
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Could China supplant the U.S. as the world leader in trade?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Sarah Glazer
15. The Presidency
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Does a U.S. president have the authority to pardon himself?  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
Alan Greenblatt
16. Federal–State Relations
Background  
Chronology  
Current Situation  
At Issue: Should Congress pass laws preempting state authority?  
Outlook  
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,
    • the future of the coal industry,
    • prescription drug costs, and
    • much more!  

KEY FEATURES:     

  • Chapters follow a consistent organization, beginning with a summary of the issue, then exploring a number of key questions around the issue, next offering background to put the issue into current context, and concluding with a look ahead.
  • A pro/con debate box in every chapter offers readers the opportunity to critically analyze and discuss the policy issues by exploring a debate between two experts in the field.
  • All issues include a chronology, a bibliography, photos, charts, and figures to offer readers a more complete picture of the issue at hand.

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