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Full-Text Articles in Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation

The Return On Social Bonds: Social Hierarchy And International Conflict, Mark David Nieman Jan 2016

The Return On Social Bonds: Social Hierarchy And International Conflict, Mark David Nieman

Political Science Publications

This article takes a game-theoretic and latent variable approach to modeling the effect of international social hierarchies on conflict among states. I start with the premise that international states are social actors and are nested within informal social networks of friendly and conflictual relationships. Rather than lateral relationships among equals, networks among states tend to have a vertical or hierarchical structure. Although international hierarchical relationships may arise as a result of material power asymmetries, this article focuses on non-material asymmetries that stem from political legitimacy or policy innovation – a subject that has received less attention in scholarly research. I argue ...


Toward A New Homestead Act: Designing A Farmstead Transfer And Leasing Program For High-Value Farming And Farmstead Preservation, Hannah Lewis, John R. Baker, Jan L. Flora, Andrew Larson Jan 2011

Toward A New Homestead Act: Designing A Farmstead Transfer And Leasing Program For High-Value Farming And Farmstead Preservation, Hannah Lewis, John R. Baker, Jan L. Flora, Andrew Larson

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Finding ways to make farming more accessible for would-be farmers involves working with existing landowners and potential tenants/buyers to educate both groups on the possibilities open to them. Surveys, focus groups and personal interviews were used to determine what tactics would be more effective in engaging both groups.


The Obama Presidency: A Foreign Policy Of Change?, James M. Mccormick Jan 2011

The Obama Presidency: A Foreign Policy Of Change?, James M. Mccormick

Political Science Publications

Barack Obama ran for the presidency on a policy of change-change in domestic policy and change in foreign policy. During both the nomination and election campaigns, this focus on change was the overarching theme that he struck at virtually every stop on the campaign trail. In foreign policy, Candidate Obama's emphasis on change focused on an array of issues-ending the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and bringing American troops home; "resetting" and "restarting" American relations with allies and other major powers throughout the world; engaging with adversaries to address a number of outstanding issues; and dealing with global economic and ...


Catalyzing Employee Change With Transformative Learning, Nancy K. Franz Mar 2010

Catalyzing Employee Change With Transformative Learning, Nancy K. Franz

Nancy K. Franz

Businesses, organizations, and government agencies have invested heavily in employee training. The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) reports these costs as 2.15% of payroll (ASTD, 2008). A large amount of this investment is directed at improving employee knowledge and skills. Although most organizations are good at this, often a need exists to develop a deeper level of behavior change in employees. This type of change can be difficult to accomplish and sustain over time. Adult education theory, in particular transformative education theory, has enhanced the ability of organizations to bring about deeper change in employees through training ...


Beginning And Mid-Size Farm Bill Analysis: Policy Option Development And Education Initiative, Michael Duffy, Tracy Bruckner Jan 2010

Beginning And Mid-Size Farm Bill Analysis: Policy Option Development And Education Initiative, Michael Duffy, Tracy Bruckner

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The needs of beginning mid-size farmers were considered in light of current farm programs and beginning farmer initiatives. Policy options were developed for a new approach to assisting these under-served groups.


Improving The Impact And Benefits Of Usda Research And Grant Programs To Enhance Mid-Size Farm Profitability And Rural Community Success, Jon Bailey Jan 2009

Improving The Impact And Benefits Of Usda Research And Grant Programs To Enhance Mid-Size Farm Profitability And Rural Community Success, Jon Bailey

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

A review of four USDA grant programs in 2001 and 2002 found that only a small percentage of the programs served the needs of small and mid-size farmers.


Local Food, Local Policy: A Case Study On Engaging Policy Makers In The Development Of Their Foodshed, Leah Wilson Jan 2008

Local Food, Local Policy: A Case Study On Engaging Policy Makers In The Development Of Their Foodshed, Leah Wilson

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The purpose of this project was to conduct a series of meetings and programs to assess the knowledge, understanding and capacity of Johnson County (Iowa) policy makers to improve their local food system and to provide opportunities for stakeholders in the food system to interact and learn.


Fostering An Effective Green Payment Program, Teresa Opheim Jan 2008

Fostering An Effective Green Payment Program, Teresa Opheim

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The creation of the Conservation Security Program (CSP) was greeted with enthusiasm by farmers. This project looked at how well CSP worked out in practice.


Taking The Next Step, Cornelia Flora, George Boody Jan 2008

Taking The Next Step, Cornelia Flora, George Boody

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Policy makers need a way to measure environmental results of farming practices, and incorporate those outcomes into farm policy. Modeling tools can help, but are not yet adequate to serve as performance-based policy guidelines. Roundtables can help diverse groups of people explore a new concept like performance-based policies.


Giving A Beginner A Chance In The 2007 Farm Bill, Jon Bailey, Kim W. Preston, Traci Bruckner May 2007

Giving A Beginner A Chance In The 2007 Farm Bill, Jon Bailey, Kim W. Preston, Traci Bruckner

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This report outlines training, support and programs that could help more young people enter agriculture. The report outlines how existing programs could be targeted for beginning and new farmers, as well as suggestions for new programs, such as individual development accounts. The study was supported by the Leopold Center's Policy Initiative (P2006-09).


Women, Land And Legacy: Agricultural Policy For Changing Landownership, Cassi Johnson, Denise O'Brien Jan 2007

Women, Land And Legacy: Agricultural Policy For Changing Landownership, Cassi Johnson, Denise O'Brien

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Iowa farm women offer their opinions on how the next federal Farm Bill should be crafted.


Farm Bill Listening Sessions, Leigh Adcock Jan 2007

Farm Bill Listening Sessions, Leigh Adcock

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Rural residents share their opinions about current farm policy and prospects for the next federal Farm Bill.


Forming Agricultural Bargaining Units For A Sustainable And Equitable Agriculture, Roger Ginder, Amy Guptil, Richard A. Levins, Laurance R. Waldoch, Richard Welsh Jan 2006

Forming Agricultural Bargaining Units For A Sustainable And Equitable Agriculture, Roger Ginder, Amy Guptil, Richard A. Levins, Laurance R. Waldoch, Richard Welsh

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This study examines the structure, function, and perceived success of an organic growers' cooperative organization called OFARM.


Survey Of Iowa Organic Farmers On The Impact Of The National Organic Program, Kathleen Delate Jan 2006

Survey Of Iowa Organic Farmers On The Impact Of The National Organic Program, Kathleen Delate

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

More than 400 Iowa organic farmers were asked how the implementation of the USDA-National Organic Program (NOP) rules in 2002 has affected their farming operations.


Trade And Trade Policy Development In Lithuania, Natalija Kazlauskiene, William H. Meyers Oct 1995

Trade And Trade Policy Development In Lithuania, Natalija Kazlauskiene, William H. Meyers

BALTIC Reports

In the less than four years since Lithuanian independence, trade and trade policy have changed rapidly; and longer run tendencies in policies and trade patterns are beginning to emerge. This paper provides a brief overview of the traditional prereform trading arrangements and reviews the key stages in policy development by the independent Lithuanian state, the major trade patterns and arrangements, and prospects for the future.


An Analysis Of The Factors Influencing Job Placement Under The Job Training Partnership Act Program In The Service Delivery Areas Of Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois And Iowa, Halliru Muhammad Munir Jan 1988

An Analysis Of The Factors Influencing Job Placement Under The Job Training Partnership Act Program In The Service Delivery Areas Of Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois And Iowa, Halliru Muhammad Munir

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Onymous Consistent Voting Systems, Roy Gardner Mar 1979

Onymous Consistent Voting Systems, Roy Gardner

Economic Staff Paper Series

A great deal o£ effort has gone into alleviating the regrettable consequences of the Gibbard-Satterthwaite Theorem: that every stable decisive social choice function is dictatorial. Thus, Kelly [12] explores the conse quences of relaxing decisiveness, while Peleg [14] and Dutta and Pattanaik [3] introduce various notions of strategic consistency, in which the sincere outcome stands in some determinate relation to the game outcome. This paper, draws upon both these lines of research.


Intergovernmental Organizations And Foreign Policy Behavior: Some Empirical Findings, James M. Mccormick, Young W. Khil Jan 1979

Intergovernmental Organizations And Foreign Policy Behavior: Some Empirical Findings, James M. Mccormick, Young W. Khil

Political Science Publications

In this study, we evaluate whether the increase in the number of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) has resulted in their increased use for foreign policy behavior by the nations of the world. This question is examined in three related ways: (1) the aggregate use of IGOs for foreign policy behavior; (2) the relationship between IGO membership and IGO use; and (3) the kinds of states that use IGOs. Our data base consists of the 35 nations in the CREON (Comparative Research on the Events of Nations) data set for the years 1959-1968.

The main findings are that IGOs were employed over ...


Human And Material Inheritances Within And Between Families, James D. Adams Aug 1978

Human And Material Inheritances Within And Between Families, James D. Adams

Economic Staff Paper Series

This study is concerned with the determinants of wealth transfers within families and between families. An important question which arises within the family is whether inheritance compensates the less advantaged among its offspring, Put differently, do children with less education, income, marital advantages, and the like receive a larger material inheritance which at least partially corrects for a lower real income relative to their siblings? The present paper is addressed to this question.


The Borda Game, Roy Gardner Jul 1976

The Borda Game, Roy Gardner

Economic Staff Paper Series

Recently, a number of authors have constructed axiomatic defences of Borda's rule [2, 4, 8], In every case, it Is assumed that voters mark their ballots honestly, in accordance with their preferences. That this assumption may be unrealistic was known to Borda himself [ij. Elsewhere • [3, 5], it has been shpwn how Borda's rule can reward misrepresented pref erences on the part of individual voters. This result is in the same spirit as, but not a consequence of, the Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem [6, 7], since Borda's rule allows ties. This is in marked contrast to Condorcet's rule ...


A Note On Lags And The Assignment Problem, Harvey Lapan, Walter Enders Aug 1975

A Note On Lags And The Assignment Problem, Harvey Lapan, Walter Enders

Economic Staff Paper Series

Mundell (1962) demonstrated that monetary policy should be paired with external balance and fiscal policy with internal balance. This seminal article led to a voluminous literature^ which attempted to rectify many of the problems inherent in Mundell's flow equilibrium model. Harry Johnson (1972) has characterized this extension of Mundell's work as having lent itself to almost Infinite mathematical product differentiation, with little significant improvement in quality of economic product..." Although we do not fully agree with Harry Johnson--for there are many deficiencies in Mundell'a model-- we do believe that more can be said concerning the "Assignment Problem ...