Remembering Lin Ostrom: ‘Problems have solutions’

“Do you believe in sharing?” That’s the headline over a lengthy and laudatory article about the late Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom, written by the economist and journalist Tim Harford for the current Financial Times magazine. Ostrom unquestionably did believe in sharing. She not only believed in it, but she discovered through her wide-ranging […]

Study of Twitter and elections sets news programs buzzing

IU sociologist Fabio Rojas and several colleagues used Twitter to measure “buzz” as a factor in the outcome of elections. Now their research is generating a lot of buzz in the media. It’s been featured on MSNBC, National Public Radio, Fox Business, C-SPAN and Discovery News as well as in the Wall Street Journal, the […]

Hamilton assails ‘flagrantly unproductive’ Congress

Earlier this week, Policy Briefings looked at the passage of federal student loan legislation as an example of what happens when Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., compromise to get things done. But that sort of cooperation has become far too rare, Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, writes this […]

Student-loan deal shows the system works

The student-loan legislation that President Barack Obama signed last week was a reminder that Republicans and Democrats can still lay aside their differences and get things done, says Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor of practice in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. And at a time when the public and politicians are sharply divided […]