External Policy Studies


Enhanced Renewables in the State/RTO Nexus: A Heartland Case Study
Devin Hartman

Prepared for the R Street Institute by graduate students of the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
April 28, 2021

Executive Summary

, Law & Liberty
Taking Ownership of Congressional Leadership
James Wallner

Lawmaker relinquishes leadership post after denouncing president’s “violent attacks” on Congress. Before stepping down, the lawmaker calls the president’s actions “indefensible”…

, Law & Liberty
A New Inflationary Era
Alex J. Pollock

In this provocative but calmly argued book, The Great Demographic Reversal, Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan predict a new era of widespread and lasting inflation. Goodhart, who has been a…

, Law & Liberty
Innovation in a Regulatory Labyrinth
Shoshana Weissmann

“Regulations don’t always work as planned,” says Tom W. Bell, Professor of Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law in They Say It Can’t Be Done, a documentary highlighting four…

Another Bad Idea: Fannie and Freddie as Utilities
Alex J. Pollock

In the more than twelve years since their 2008 failure, nobody has been able to figure out how to end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being wards of the state, as their continued existence is wholly…

, Lawfare
Enterprise Cybersecurity Measurement
Paul Rosenzweig

On Feb. 4, 2021, the New York State Department of Financial Services issued guidance on the cyber insurance market to foster more robust industry approaches to “managing and reducing the…

Gene Patents, Drug Prices, and Scientific Research: Unexpected Effects of Recently Proposed Patent Eligibility Legislation
Charles Duan

From SSRN:

Recently, Congress has considered legislation to § 101, a section of the Patent Act that the Supreme Court has held to prohibit patenting of laws of nature, natural…

, Lawfare
The Law and Policy of Client-Side Scanning
Paul Rosenzweig

In recent years, two unfortunate trends have converged in cybersecurity—the growth of child pornography distributed online and the proliferation of encryption systems that enable the distribution…

Of Monopolies and Monocultures: The Intersection of Patents and National Security
Charles Duan


It was certainly an odd thing for the Department of Justice attorney arguing for the United States to appear before the Ninth Circuit to tell the appellate judges that a federal…

, Fed Soc
The Evolution of Modern Use-of-Force Policies and the Need for Professionalism in Policing
Arthur Rizer & Emily Mooney

The American people delegate to the police the authority to enforce criminal laws and promote public safety. As part of that delegation, we give officers the power to use force and even…