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Selected Publications

  • Real versus Hypothetical Willinigness to Accept.: the Bishop and Heberlein Model Revisited

    Li, C-Z.,  K-G. Lofgren, and M. Hanemann. 2002.  “Real versus Hypothetical Willinigness to Accept.: the Bishop and Heberlein Model Revisited,”  in Bengt Kristrom, Partha Dasgupta and Karl-Gustaf Lofgren (eds) Economic Theory for the Environment: Essays in Honour of Karl-Goran Maler, Edward Elgar, pp. 205-218.

  • The History of Electricity Restructuring in California

    Friedman, LeeJournal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2, No. 1/2, 2002, pp. 9-38.

    This paper aims to provide an objective history of electricity restructuring in California from the mid-1990s to the immediate end of the “California Energy Crisis” in June 2001. We discuss the restructuring debate that led to the restructuring law (AB1890), and describe how the new structure worked after it took effect in April 1998. We discuss the course of events during the crisis, and factors contributing to it, including the supply-demand balance in California and in the West, rising gas prices, the complexity of the market design, market power, and the regulatory decision to cap retail but not wholesale prices.

  • Defining Democracy in the Neoliberal Age: Charter School Reform and Educational Consumption

    Amy Stuart Wells, Julie Slayton, and Janelle Scott. American Educational Research Journal. Summer 2002. Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 337-361.

    In this article Wells, Slayton, and Scott draw on data from their charter school research to question the extent to which “democratic” and “market-based” schools are dichotomous. They argue that in the current political and economic climate, free-market and deregulatory educational reforms such as charter school laws are perceived to be highly “democratic” by their neoliberal advocates and by many of the suburban school board members and superintendents in their case studies. Thus the authors call on progressive supporters of charter schools and public schools to couch their arguments for democratic schooling in a call for social justice and equity as opposed to greater “liberty”

  • I’ll Be Short: Essentials for a Decent Working Society

    Reich, Robert B. I'll Be Short: Essentials for a Decent Working Society. Boston: Beacon, 2002.

  • Investment Patterns In California Higher Education And Policy Options For A Possible Future

    What has been the level of public investment in this higher education system, and how has it performed over the past century? What are the challenges that California higher education faces in the future and what level of investment is necessary? This paper attempts to provide an historical context to these questions to assist Californians as they once again consider how to expand educational opportunity. California now faces a dramatic new period of potential enrollment and program growth that will have a significant impact on socio-economic mobility, and on the state's economic competitiveness. How might the state rise to the occasion?

  • Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places

    MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (2001). Drug war heresies: Learning from other vices, times, and places. Cambridge University Press. [Fifteen-chapter book]

  • Mental Health Costs and Access under Alternative Capitation Systems in Colorado

    Bloom, J. R., T. Hu, N. Wallace, B. Cuffel, J.W. Hausman, M. Sheu, and R. Scheffler. “Mental Health Costs and Access under Alternative Capitation Systems in Colorado.” HSR: Health Services Research 37.2 (Apr. 2002).

    To examine service cost and access for persons with severe mental illness under Medicaid mental health capitation payment in Colorado. Capitation contracts were made with two organizational models: community mental health centers (CMHCs) that manage and deliver services (direct capitation [DC]) and joint ventures between CMHCs and a for-profit managed care firm (managed behavioral health organization, [MBHO]) and compared to fee for service (F.F.S.).

  • Charter Schools in California, Michigan and Arizona: An Alternative Framework for Policy Analysis

    Janelle T. Scott and Margaret E. Barber. 2002. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Occassional Paper No. 40. 

    This paper uses the charter schools legislation of three states, California, Arizona and Michigan, as a lens to understand the policy values embodied in school choice reforms. We question the prevailing rubrics of the Center for Education Reform and the American Federation of Teachers. Briefly stated, the former ranks laws as either “strong” or “weak” and the latter identifies laws as either “good” or “bad.” We examine the legislation in light of an alternative framework. Specifically, we consider how the laws incorporate choice, productive efficiency, equity, and social cohesion. We also consider what policy tools, such as finance, information, and regulation are provided in the legislation to achieve these values. We find this framework more comprehensive than current, normative frameworks that pervade charter school research. Though we emphasize the need for continued research at the local charter school level to understand the connection between legislation and implementation, this framework enables observers to move beyond value-laden descriptors of charter school laws.