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Selected Publications

  • Privatization and Charter School Reform: Economic, Political, and Social Dimensions

    Amy Stuart Wells and Janelle Scott. 2001. Privatizing Education: Can The School Marketplace Deliver Freedom Of Choice, Efficiency, Equity, And Social Cohesion?. 234-259.

  • Does the Sunset Mental Health Parity Really Matter?

    Gitterman, D., R. Strum, R. Liccardo Pacula, and R.M. Scheffler. “Does the Sunset Mental Health Parity Really Matter?Administration and Policy in Mental Health 28.5 (May 2001): 353-369.

    The 1996 Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA), which became effective in January 1998, is scheduled to expire in September 2001. This article provides an overview of what the MHPA intended to do and what it actually has accomplished. We summarize state legislature actions through the end of 2000 and report on their effects on employer-sponsored mental health coverage using a national survey fielded in 1999-2000. We then discuss possible amendments to the MHPA and reforms beyond full parity that might be considered.

  • Les Notes de L’ifri: Missile Defense and International Security in the 21st Century

    Nacht, Michael. Les Notes de L’ifri: Missle Defense and International Security in the 21st Century (France: Ifri, 2001).

    Missile defense appears as a topic of intense international debate every ten years. This happened in the 1960s and 1970s prior to the signing of the ABM Treaty (Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty); in the 1980s with the Strategic Defense Initaitive (SDI); and in the 1990s, following the Gulf War, with the GPALS project (Global Protection Against Limited Strikes). Today the NMD project (National Missile Defense)-re-designated MD (Missile Defense)- with the arrival of the Bush Administration- might well, unlike its forerunners, be progressively deployed. It could re-map strategic relations among the main world players, especially after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

  • Evaluating Alternative Cannabis Regimes

    MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (2001). Evaluating alternative cannabis regimes. British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, 123-128.

    BACKGROUND: Cannabis policy continues to be controversial in North America, Europe and Australia.

    AIMS: To inform this debate, we examine alternative legal regimes for controlling cannabis availability and use.

    METHOD: We review evidence on the effects of cannabis depenalisation in the USA, Australia and The Netherlands. We update and extend our previous (MacCoun & Reuter, 1997) empirical comparison of cannabis prevalence statistics in the USA, The Netherlands and other European nations.

    RESULTS: The available evidence indicates that depenalisation of the possession of small quantities of cannabis does not increase cannabis prevalence. The Dutch experience suggests that commercial promotion and sales may significantly increase cannabis prevalence.

    CONCLUSIONS: Alternatives to an aggressively enforced cannabis prohibition are feasible and merit serious consideration. A model of depenalised possession and personal cultivation has many of the advantages of outright legalisation with few of its risks.

  • Educational Policy and the Law

    Kirp, DavidEducation Policy and the Law. 4th ed. N.p.: Thomson, 2001.

  • The Costs and Benefits of Letting Juries Punish Corporations: Comment on Viscusi

    MacCoun, R. J. (2000). The costs and benefits of letting juries punish corporations: Comment on Viscusi. Stanford Law Review, 52, 1821-1828.

  • The Effects of Program Realignment on the Severely Mentally Ill Persons in California’s Community-Ba

    Zhang, Amy, R.M. Scheffler, and L. Snowden. “The Effects of Program Realignment on the Severely Mentally Ill Persons in California’s Community-Based Mental Health System.” Psychiatric Services 51.9 (2000): 1103-1110.

  • Equity and Greenhouse Gas Responsibility

    Paul Baer, John Harte, Barbara Haya, Antonia V. Herzog, John Holdren, Nathan E. Hultman, Daniel M. Kammen, Richard B. Norgaard, Leigh Raymond (2000) Equity and Greenhouse Gas Responsibility. Science, 289:2287.