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We Are Better Than This
We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money

By Edward D. Kleinbard

Has the public preoccupation with tax policy obscured a greater understanding of government's ability to enhance the general welfare and prosperity of our society at large? [...]

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Seven Bad Ideas
Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World

By Jeff Madrick

The author of the widely praised Age of Greed now gives us a bold indictment of some of our most accepted economic theories—why they're wrong, the harm they've [...]

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The Future of Affirmative Action
The Future of Affirmative Action: New Paths to Higher Education Diversity after Fisher v. University of Texas

By Richard D. Kahlenberg

With race-based admission programs increasingly curtailed, how can colleges pursue race-neutral approaches as a method of promoting diversity? [...]

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Dead Men Ruling
Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future

By C. Eugene Steuerle

Dead Men Ruling explains how American government at all levels suffers from a form of financial gridlock, in which all our tax revenues come in the door committed to future spending. How [...]

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Degrees of Inequality
Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream

By Suzanne Mettler

The first book to explain the link between our dysfunctional politics, the nation's stagnating college graduation rates, and rising inequality in America. [...]

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Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium
Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium: Changes in the Prevalence, Composition, and Location of High-Poverty Neighborhoods

By Paul Jargowsky

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), [...]

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The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

By Stephen Schlesinger

This extraordinary collection gathers the never-before-seen correspondence of a true American original, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.—the acclaimed historian, lion of the liberal establishment, and longtime trustee of The Century Foundation. [...]

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The Age of Oversupply
The Age of Oversupply: Overcoming the Greatest Challenge to the Global Economy

By Daniel Alpert

The governments and central banks of the developed world have tried every policy tool imaginable, yet our economies remain sluggish, or worse. How did we get here, and how can we emerge [...]

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Comeback
Comeback: America's New Economic Boom

By Charles R. Morris

The bestselling author who correctly predicted the 2008 financial crash now projects an impending boom in the U.S. economy, due mostly to energy innovations that will reindustrialize America and provide millions of [...]

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Tyranny of Consensus
Tyranny of Consensus: Discourse and Dissent in American National Security Policy

By Janne E. Nolan

Why does the most highly advanced industrial country, commanding unparalleled access to vast sources of global intelligence and information, seem to so often miscalculate the realities and risks of its foreign interventions? [...]

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Bridging the Higher Education Divide
Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream

By The Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal

Two-year colleges have opened the doors of higher education for low-income and working-class students as never before, and yet, community colleges often lack the resources to provide the conditions for student success. [...]

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Beyond the Education Wars
Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence That Collaboration Builds Effective Schools

By Greg Anrig

While the “education wars” dominate media coverage of school reform debates, largely unnoticed research is mounting that student outcomes are strongest in districts pursuing intensive collaboration among teachers and administrators [...]

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In Love With Defeat
In Love With Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal

By H. Brandt Ayers

Journalist and publisher Brandt Ayers's journey takes him from the segregated Old South to covering the central scenes of the civil rights struggle, and finally to editorship of his family&rsquo [...]

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Rethinking the Financial Crisis
Rethinking the Financial Crisis

By Alan S. Blinder, Andrew W. Lo, Robert M. Solow, editors

In its wide-ranging inquiry into the financial crash, Rethinking the Financial Crisis marshals an impressive collection of rigorous and yet empirically-relevant research that, in some respects, upsets the conventional wisdom about the [...]

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A Better Affirmative Action
A Better Affirmative Action: State Universities That Created Alternatives to Racial Preferences

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter

The U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. Texas could dramatically alter or eliminate race-based admissions policies at colleges and universities. In a new report, A Better Affirmative Action, Senior Fellow Richard [...]

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The Politics of Voter Suppression
The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote

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The Politics of Voter Suppression arrives in time to assess actual practices at the polls this fall and to reengage with debates about voter suppression tactics such as requiring specific forms [...]

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Diverse Charter Schools
Diverse Charter Schools: Can Racial and Socioeconomic Integration Promote Better Outcomes for Students?

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter

This report explores how some innovative charter schools are pursuing efforts to integrate students from different racial and economic backgrounds in their classrooms. [...]

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Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right
Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, Moshe Marvit

Of the many causes of increased inequality—globalization, changes in technology, and the adoption of regressive tax policies—the virtual collapse of the American labor movement over the past quarter-century [...]

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America’s Mission
America’s Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy (Expanded Edition)

By Tony Smith

America's Mission argues that the global strength and prestige of democracy today are due in large part to America's impact on international affairs. [...]

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The Future of School Integration
The Future of School Integration: Socioeconomic Diversity as an Education Reform Strategy

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

Almost fifty years ago the Coleman Report, widely regarded as the most important educational study of the twentieth century, found that the most powerful predictor of academic achievement is the socioeconomic status [...]

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Money, Politics, and the Constitution
Money, Politics, and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United

By Monica Youn, editor

In the wake of Citizens United, top constitional scholars launch a new jurisprudence to address the rise of unfettered money in politics. What is next for the First Amendment? And how can [...]

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Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Negotiating Peace: The Report of The Century Foundation International Task Force on Afghanistan in Its Regional and Multilateral Dimensions

By Lakhdar Brahimi, Thomas R. Pickering

This report, the product of an international task force led by ambassadors Lakhdar Brahimi and Thomas R. Pickering, recommends a political path toward ending the war in Afghanistan. Peace is possible, the [...]

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Affirmative Action for the Rich
Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

Affirmative Action for the Rich sketches the origins of legacy preferences, examines the philosophical issues they raise, outlines the extent of their use today, studies their impact on university fundraising, and reviews [...]

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Rewarding Strivers
Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

Today, higher education is a major force in promoting social mobility, yet colleges and universities seem more concerned with prestige than finding ways to make higher learning more accessible. Rewarding Strivers outlines [...]

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The Greenspan Commission
The Greenspan Commission: What Really Happened

By Robert M. Ball

The National Commission on Social Security Reform—better known as the Greenspan Commission—is widely credited with tackling the financing crisis Social Security faced in the 1980s. The National Commission [...]

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Spin Cycle
Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools

By Jeffrey R. Henig

In Spin Cycle, noted political scientist and education expert Jeffrey Henig explores how controversies over the charter school movement illustrate the use and misuse of research in policy debates. [...]

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The Survival and the Success of Liberty
The Survival and the Success of Liberty: A Democracy Agenda for U.S. Foreign Policy

By Morton H. Halperin, Michael Hochman Fuchs

In this passionate and persuasive book, Morton Halperin and Michael Fuchs argue that abandoning the promotion of democracy would be a great mistake. Patient efforts over the past three decades have laid [...]

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A New New Deal
A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement

By Amy Dean, David B. Reynolds

In A New New Deal, the labor movement leaders Amy B. Dean and David B. Reynolds offer a bold new plan to revitalize American labor activism and build a sense of common [...]

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In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight: Simple, Difficult Lessons from New Jersey's Expensive Effort to Close the Achievement Gap

By Gordon MacInnes

This is a story about what happens when a state education department partners with city school districts in an attempt to close the achievement gap between poor, minority city students and their [...]

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Improving on No Child Left Behind
Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

In Improving on No Child Left Behind, leading authorities assess the evidence around three central critiques of the act: that NCLB is underfunded; that the standards, testing, and accountability provisions are deeply [...]

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Nation-Building and Counterinsurgency after Iraq
Nation-Building and Counterinsurgency after Iraq

By James F. Dobbins

In this paper, Dobbins argues that “nation-building” is now firmly back on the national and international agendas, and that the experience of activities led by the United States in Afghanistan [...]

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Reforming Medicare
Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities

By Henry J. Aaron, Jeanne M. Lambrew

Everyone agrees on the need to reform Medicare but not on how to do it. In Reforming Medicare, Henry J. Aaron and Jeanne M. Lambrew deftly guide readers through this complex debate, [...]

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Absolute Power
Absolute Power: How the Unitary Executive Theory Is Undermining the Constitution

By John P. MacKenzie

In Absolute Power, John P. MacKenzie looks at the origins and history of the unitary executive theory, examining its broad claims of presidential power in the light of the founders’ original [...]

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Breaking the Nuclear Impasse
Breaking the Nuclear Impasse: New Prospects for Security against Weapons Threats

By , Carl Robichaud , editors

Curbing nuclear weapons has never been a more urgent priority for nations both great and small, but the global system of nuclear controls seems paralyzed. Have the instruments that once worked so [...]

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Liberty Under Attack
Liberty Under Attack: Reclaiming Our Freedoms in an Age of Terror

By Greg Anrig, Richard C. Leone, editors

In this volume, experts, activists, and scholars report on the diverse actions, taken in the name of security, that will serve to undermine American liberties, and explain why the consequences of these [...]

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A Second Opinion
A Second Opinion: A Plan for Universal Coverage Serving Patients Over Profit

By Arnold Relman

Dr. Arnold Relman, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, brings together sixty years of experience in medicine in a book that holds [...]

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Japan Rising
Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose

By Kenneth Pyle

After more than half a century of withdrawal from international politics Japan is back. What are the implications for the rest of the world? [...]

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Immigration’s New Frontiers
Immigration’s New Frontiers: Experiences from the Emerging Gateway States

By Greg Anrig, , editors

Since 1995, immigrants increasingly have bypassed the traditional gateway states—California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New York, and New Jersey—in favor of new frontiers, and twenty-two other states have experienced extremely [...]

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Aging Gracefully
Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America

By Peter R. Orszag, J. Mark Iwry, William G. Gale, editors

Aging Gracefully gathers a collection of essays that highlight policy ideas for promoting greater retirement savings among Americans. [...]

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Stem Cells and Public Policy
Stem Cells and Public Policy: The Basics

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Stem Cells and Public Policy provides a concise, comprehensive overview of the implications of stem cell research for the development for public policy. [...]

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Does Education Really Help?
Does Education Really Help?: Skill, Work, and Inequality

By Edward N. Wolff

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that greater schooling and skill improvement leads to higher wages, that income inequality falls with wider access to schooling, and that the Information Technology revolution will [...]

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Apart at the Seams
Apart at the Seams: The Collapse of Private Pension and Health Care Protections

By Charles R. Morris

Apart at the Seams explores how this collapse of private sector retirement and health benefits came about and how it has affected the landscape of American social insurance. [...]

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Chasing the Sun
Chasing the Sun: Rethinking East Asian Policy

By Morton Abramowitz, Stephen Bosworth

Chasing the Sun addresses major policy problems of East Asia—from the management of our relations with China to the North Korean nuclear problem to the growth of East Asian regionalism. [...]

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Moving Up in the New Economy
Moving Up in the New Economy: Career Ladders for U.S. Workers

By Joan Fitzgerald

Moving Up in the New Economy explores specific programs in different sectors of the economy—health care, child care, education, manufacturing, and biotechnology—to offer a comprehensive analysis of this [...]

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Inequality and Prosperity
Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe vs. Liberal America

By Jonas Pontusson

Inequality and Prosperity provides a comparative overview of the two major models of labor markets and welfare systems in the advanced industrial world: the "liberal capitalist" system of the United States and [...]

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Balancing Access And Integrity
Balancing Access And Integrity: The Report of the Century Foundation Working Group on State Implementation of Election Reform

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The Century Foundation assembled the Post-2004 Election Working Group to find ways for states to implement future elections in a way that balances ballot integrity with voting rights and accessibility. This report [...]

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Rethinking the Patriot Act
Rethinking the Patriot Act: Ideas for Reform

By Stephen J. Schulhofer

The USA Patriot Act One is of the most controversial and possibly one of the most misunderstood laws Congress has ever enacted. In Rethinking the Patriot Act, Stephen J. Schulhofer explains the [...]

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Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action
Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action

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Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action assesses the nation's successes and failures on homeland security and calls for a stronger, more effective strategy for dealing with jihadists, including al Qaeda. [...]

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America’s Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education
America’s Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

A series of policy changes in federal and state governments, and at universities, have made it exceedingly difficult for students from low-income and working-class families to earn college degrees. In America's [...]

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Public School Choice vs. Private School Vouchers
Public School Choice vs. Private School Vouchers

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the constitutionality of public funding for private religious schools, the debate over private school vouchers has intensified. At the same [...]

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Engaging Youth
Engaging Youth: Combating the Apathy of Young Americans toward Politics

By Kevin Mattson

Analyzing the historical context to assess the extent to which youth have participated in the political process throughout the twentieth century, Engaging Youth makes the case for more extensive educational programs, public [...]

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The United States and Turkey
The United States and Turkey: Allies in Need

By Morton Abramowitz

The United States and Turkey examines the changing relationship between Turkey and the United States, taking into account the continuing crisis in the Middle East and west Asia, the uncertainty over Cyprus, [...]

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Divided We Fail
Divided We Fail: Coming Together Through Public School Choice

By The Century Foundation Task Force on the Common School

Most of the education reform community has sought ways to make "separate but equal" schooling work better, but is this really the best course for our students? This report by The Century [...]

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Bad Breaks All Around
Bad Breaks All Around: The Report of the Century Foundation Working Group on Tax Expenditures

By The Century Foundation Working Group on Tax Expenditures

As Congress and the White House move forward on reforming our tax system, policymakers are looking with increased scrutiny at the hundreds of tax expenditures that cost the United States as much [...]

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To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process
To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process: The Report of The National Commission on Federal Election Reform

By Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter

Led by former Presidents Ford and Carter, the National Commission on Federal Election Reform undertook a study of the American electoral system. The resulting report describes where and what went wrong during [...]

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The Fabulous Decade
The Fabulous Decade: Macroeconomic Lessons from the 1990s

By Alan S. Blinder, Janet L. Yellen

The performance of the U.S. economy in the 1990s far outstripped expectations. Growth was surprisingly strong, unemployment fell to the lowest level in a generation, and yet inflation remained dormant. Why? [...]

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All Together Now
All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools Through Public School Choice

By Richard D. Kahlenberg

This provocative book asks a simple question: Since we know that middle class schools tend to work best, why not give every child in America the opportunity to attend a public school [...]

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A Notion at Risk
A Notion at Risk: Preserving Public Education As an Engine for Social Mobility

By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor

This volume of essays seeks to restore the notion that public education should be an engine for social mobility, a concern that animated Brown v. Board of Education and the 1965 Elementary and [...]

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Social Security
Social Security: More, Not Less

By Robert Eisner

In this clearly written, provocative report, Eisner rejects the most alarmist views about the solvency of Social Security and provides a blueprint for keeping the system strong and fair. He makes the [...]

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