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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
 
1. Disaster Readiness
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Should the National Flood Insurance Program be discontinued?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
 
2. For-Profit Prisons
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Should private industry play a role in prison operations?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
3. Privatizing Government Services
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Should the U.S. use private capital to rebuild infrastructure?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
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

 
 
5. Financial Services Deregulation
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Has the Dodd-Frank law been good for the country?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
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
 
7. Gun Violence
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Would arming teachers make schools safer?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
8. Election Security and Voting Rights
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Should voters have to show a photo ID?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
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
 
10. Conspiracy Theories
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Should conspiracy theories receive First Amendment protection?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
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

 
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Are teachers underpaid?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
HEALTH
 
13. Worker Safety
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Can OSHA compliance-assistance programs improve worker safety?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
NATIONAL SECURITY
 
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

 
 
15. The Presidency
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Does a U.S. president have the authority to pardon himself?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 
 
16. Federal–State Relations
Background

 
Chronology

 
Current Situation

 
At Issue: Should Congress pass laws preempting state authority?

 
Outlook

 
Notes

 
Bibliography

 

Good introduction for students in the use of various sources and types of data to provide background information for an informed debate on a variety of issues.. Used to provide foundation and guidance for student's individual issue research assignments.

Dr Dennis Lambries
Social Science, Newberry College
April 8, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1. Disaster Readiness

Chapter 7. Gun Violence


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