Policy in Practice

Focus on Finance: Bringing Private Sector Experience to Philadelphia

The Treasurer for the City of Philadelphia, Nancy Winkler, discusses applying expertise from 28 years in financial consulting to reinvent the City’s financial fortunes.

Focus on Finance: the Push and Pull of Los Angeles Labor Negotiations

Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana shares how the City of Los Angeles has shrunk its structural deficit, lowered its pension liabilities, and increased its reserves.

Focus on Finance: Funding Pensions in the Windy City

Chicago’s CFO explains the city’s immense financial challenges, her insights, and why she’s optimistic for the future.

Balancing the Future of Free Trade Agreements

Phil Levy discusses the challenges of free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The Great Recession Five Years Later: How Washington Made Things Worse

Princeton Political Science Professor Nolan McCarty talks about his new book and the role of political bubbles in financial crises.

A Path out of Gridlock? Perspectives from Senator Evan Bayh

Former Senator Evan Bayh shares his thoughts on ending gridlock, cutting the deficit, and stimulating economic growth.

Afghanistan: The Rule of Law and the Law of Rules

Fallckolm Cuenca from the European Union Police Mission discusses EUPOL’s progress in building capacity in Afghanistan.

Towards a New Cuban Reality: An Interview with Cuban Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas

José Ramón Cabañas explains the most important political and economic changes in Cuba over the last few years.

Illinois’ 100 Billion Dollar Question: How Do We Solve the Pension Crisis?

Daniel Biss, once a University of Chicago mathematician and now a State Senator, gives an inside look at the pension reform proposal in the Illinois General Assembly.

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