Why Block Grants Fail America’s Neediest: Part I

(image by Ervins Strauhmanis) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a block grant program provided to the states by the federal government. Over the past two decades, TANF has evolved to become a highly individualized program across states. With little federal oversight, aside from required targets, states have generally moved away from utilizing TANF funds for their original purpose. TANF has become a state … Continue reading Why Block Grants Fail America’s Neediest: Part I

Introducing the 2017-2018 Senior Editorial Board

Dear readers, Review staff, and W&M public policy faculty, I am very proud to announce the new Senior Editorial Board, who will oversee the editing and publishing for Volume 9 of the Review during the 2017-2018 academic year. We had a very competitive selection process this year, and those of us on the current board were impressed with the enthusiasm, energy, and bevy new ideas … Continue reading Introducing the 2017-2018 Senior Editorial Board

A Clouded Future Ahead?: An Unpopular King and Constitution in Thailand

(image by manhhai)  The Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, one of the most revered and longest-reigning monarchs in the world, succeeded the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on December 1, 2016. The government has declared a one-year official mourning period for King Bhumibol, which delayed the Prince’s succession. A unifying figure and a near-deity in a country torn by deep division and ruled currently by a military … Continue reading A Clouded Future Ahead?: An Unpopular King and Constitution in Thailand

Trump’s Travel Ban: Unpacking the Policy

(image by Doug Turetsky)  Since January 27th, headline after headline has raged over the “travel ban” from President Trump and how several courts have stopped its execution. But there are so many questions including: what exactly is the travel ban, how has it progressed through the courts, what is its impact, and how does the second version differ from the first? As all other executive … Continue reading Trump’s Travel Ban: Unpacking the Policy

Asia Presses on With Free Trade, Without Trump

(image by Michael Vadon) Throughout the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump never missed an opportunity to rail against U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The proposed trade pact, the result of negotiations during the Obama administration between the United States and 11 other Pacific nations, was slammed by Trump and others for perceived weakening of U.S. regulatory standards and fears that it would accelerate … Continue reading Asia Presses on With Free Trade, Without Trump

The Debate Over Mail-In Voting Continues

(image by Robert Couse-Baker)  As of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, three states—Oregon, Washington, and Colorado—had adopted statewide vote-by-mail policies. In this system, the state or jurisdiction mails ballots and informational pamphlets to voters weeks before the election, voters mark their ballots at their leisure, and then return them either through the postal service or else in ballot boxes scattered around the state. This all-mail system … Continue reading The Debate Over Mail-In Voting Continues

Voter Restriction Laws: Necessary, Unconstitutional, or Both?

(image by Cx2) Growing up in public school in my, red, white, and blue hometown, I was instilled with a belief in the grand ideals of American democracy like freedom, equality, and self-determination. The right to vote was perceived as the embodiment of those basic ideals. Likewise, I thought, that by 2017, the right to vote was truly a universal and unlimited Constitutional right – … Continue reading Voter Restriction Laws: Necessary, Unconstitutional, or Both?