Topics for the NPR Iowa debate

Iran, China, and immigration? What’s that a list of?

Iran, China, and immigration?

Not, for example, global warming or environmental protection more generally?

Not education?

Not the housing crunch and the associated financial travails?

Not taxation?

Not the income distribution?


Footnote I didn’t listen, but the transcript is deadly dull. (Sam Boyd finds it “worth a read,” but he must be a better reader than I am.) If asked to choose among the candidates based just on their answers, I would have to come down for “None of the above.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: