Policy Studies

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Why Congress Can’t Sue to End Military Conflicts
Anthony Marcum

As the Supreme Court has reminded the legislature: ‘Congress has a broad range of legislative authority it can use to stop a President’s war making.’ Oversight, appropriations and legislation,…

Unreliable Arguments Against Renewables
Josiah Neeley

Electric markets rely on a variety of resources to deliver cheap, reliable power to consumers, including renewables and demand-side resources like demand response.
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Congress Must Protect Its Constitutional Power Over War

Nothing in Article II places any exclusive power in the president over external affairs. He is the Commander in Chief of the army and navy and of the militia of the several states, ‘when called into…

Maryland: A Case Study Against Automatically Charging Youth As Adults
Emily Mooney

Treating and punishing youth like adults ignores developmental research so critical to effectively promoting the transformation of youth behavior and the preservation of public safety. It also…

R Street Policy Study No. 182 Updating our Laws for the Modern Video Marketplace
Tom Struble

The laws governing our video marketplace have gone almost entirely unchanged since the 1990s, despite recent technological advancements that are radically reshaping the way Americans produce,…

Financial and Governance Protections for Electric Cooperatives
Travis Kavulla

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, the public demand for greater broadband access in rural areas must be heeded. However, the technology mediums by which broad-band has been delivered…

How to get the most out of the 2018 farm bill
Caroline Kitchens

Through the farm bill, taxpayers spend billions on programs designed to protect vital public goods like natural wetlands and healthy air and soil. However, without better information and effective…

Problems in Electricity Market Governance: An Assessment
Travis Kavulla

The decisions of an RTO executive may be more dispositive of the important questions of electricity policy than the pronouncements of, say, a typical governor, legislature, or state utility…

Tobacco Harm Reduction: Evidence Update
Carrie Wade & Chelsea Boyd

Concerns that aim to protect non-users are often more influential in driving policy changes than evidence that points to a benefit for smokers. And, this will only result in policies that aim to…

California After Dynamex: Worker Classification by Favor, Folly and Faux Pas
C. Jarrett Dieterle & Ian Adams

AB 5 legislation, which redefines what it means to be an independent contractor in California, and the employment classification test it creates restricts the freedom of workers, diminishes their…