Public Policies

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Topics discussing different policy options. See International Relations for topics with clear international scale. Otherwise, in a world with sovereign nation states, a majority of policy solutions must be on a national scale to be effective or as George Stiglitz put it: “scan globally but reinvent locally”.

Areas include civil rights, defense, health, education, economic growth, urban renewal, regional development, and environmental protection. Compare Development Policies, Early Recover, Humanitarian Action, Conflict Cures etc. for policies dealing with conflicts, disasters and under-development.


General Policy challenges

Radical Policies

Think tanks Think Tank Index from Foreign Policy ; Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania ;

Trends of global partnerships e.g. Atlas Foundation, Center for Global Partnerships, German Marshall Fund and Open Society Institute that can scan the world and make strategic analyses on also transnational issues. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brookings Institution and RAND have established 'field offices' in many countries.

There is also a trend of subletting to international temporary partnerships on specific issues e.g. The Institute for Policy Studies established SEEN (Sustainable Energy and Economy Network) to engage citizens groups on issues of North-South relations, and Chatham House, a global think tank, has a practice in ‘Energy, Environment and Resource Governance’.

For lists of think tanks see Think Tanks.

Regional Development

Phillip Blond - think tank British writer, growing up in a Liverpool that was culturally, politically viscerated. It degenerated therefore the political class dying out, power centralised in London. (Vide relevance for Eastern Sudan). 2009 : 'We are a bipolar nation, a bureaucratic, centralised state that presides dysfunctionally over an increasingly fragmented, disempowered and isolated citizenry.' The society attacked from two sides: A cultural revolution (multiculturalism from the left, relativism, individualism) and a market revolution from the right (centralisation, big multi-nationals). This has given liberty, but also atomised, segmented society, where state centralisation has been the answer to repair. His areas of reform : remoralise the market, relocalise the economy (increase investments in infrastructure so that more places could be vibrant hubs), and recapitalise the poor.

Energy Policy The International Atomic Energy Agency is “the world’s centre of cooperation in the nuclear field.” It works with its partners and member states to ensure safe, secure, and peaceful nuclear activities. The US Energy Information Administration is a data-producing body of the US Department of Energy. Their mission is “to provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making.” The organization’s focus is both US national and international, and has resources on petroleum, natural gas, electricity, coal, nuclear, and alternative fuels. The Energy Institute is a professional group representing the energy industry. The Institute “serves society with independence, professionalism, and a wealth of experience in energy matters, creating a home for energy professionals and a scientific and technical reservoir for industry. The International Energy Agency is “an intergovernmental body committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation.” ; Rocky Mountain Institute was established in 1982 by resource analysts L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. resource issues. See also on natural capitalism, issue that RMI is focusing on ; The Alternative Energy Institute is a nonprofit educational organization, focusing on “raising consciousness about the dangers of fossil fuel dependency and the viable alternatives to fossil fuels.”

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