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Tony Saich on the Party and Private Business: Lessons from History

Tony Saich on the Party and Private Business: Lessons from History

October 12, 2021
Should we be surprised by General Secretary Xi Jinping’s recent policy initiatives to re-exert control over the private sector? One prevailing view is that they mark a distinctive break with the past couple of decades, when China produced massive fortunes for a small elite in real estate and tech. Others argue that they’re necessary to clean up messy sectors that require more effective regulatory oversight. However, the truth is that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has always been, at best, suspicious of private entrepreneurs and activities outside of its direct control, and, at worst,... Read more about Tony Saich on the Party and Private Business: Lessons from History
From Words to Antiracist Action and Accountability

From Words to Antiracist Action and Accountability

October 1, 2021

LaChaun Banks, Ash Center Director for Equity and Inclusion, sat down with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project, housed at the Ash Center, to discuss leading organizations to antiracist change and accountability.

How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

August 31, 2021

As Congress continues to debate the size and scope of President Biden’s signature infrastructure proposal, Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of Urban Policy at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation argues that policymakers should be focusing not just on the overall spending levels of the President’s plan, but how best to make our infrastructure more intelligent, resilient, and equitable....

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David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China

David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China

June 10, 2021
As policymakers in Washington debate legislation intended to bolster the U.S.’s competitive standing against China, we sat down with David Dapice, Ash Senior Economist and recent author of an Ash Center Policy Brief Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Immigration Are Needed for the Middle Class to discuss his thoughts on how Washington can bridge the competitiveness gap. In his paper, Dapice argues that regional trade agreements are critical to maintaining U.S. economic competitiveness and job growth into the future. Specifically, he calls for the U.S. to reconsider its rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and argues that it presents an important opportunity for countering China’s growing regional economic hegemony.  
Our Top Spring 2021 Events

Our Top Spring 2021 Events

June 3, 2021
Each semester the Ash Center works to spark powerful new ideas, share innovative public-sector solutions, and discuss institutional reforms through our public events. We have never shied away from tough conversations — and this past semester was no different.  
David Eaves is writing the code for teaching public service in the digital age

David Eaves is writing the code for teaching public service in the digital age

May 18, 2021

Government services are inherently digital services, says David Eaves, Director of the Project on Digital Government, but governments still lack the personnel and technological capacity to deliver services to a public that expects most simple tasks, such as scheduling a vaccine appointment to be done effortlessly online. That's why Eaves helped develop a free curriculum for teaching digital to future public sector leaders.

Rocking the vote from the ER to the Peach State

Rocking the vote from the ER to the Peach State

May 18, 2021
Recognizing the significant barriers Americans face in casting a ballot, graduating HKS Masters of Public Policy students, with Ash Center support, used their capstone Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) to work with organizations committed to strengthening civic engagement and voting access.
City Hall Upended

City Hall Upended

May 13, 2021

When COVID arrived in the UK, Adam Hawksbee MPP '19 pivoted from economic development to pandemic response.

Will Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Meet America’s Urgent Need?

Will Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Meet America’s Urgent Need?

March 31, 2021

President Biden unveiled an ambitious $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal this week. The plan calls for $621 billion in spending for a variety of transportation initiatives, including funding roads and bridges, public transportation, rail improvements, airports and ports, as well as a bevy of new and expanded electric vehicle incentives. Congress is expected to act on the ambitious legislative proposal in the coming months. 

Orange skies in Beijing in 2013

Orange Skies in Beijing

March 23, 2021

A spring sandstorm and worsening air pollution came to a head last week in Beijing, causing the city and surrounding area to become enveloped in an orange smog. To better understand the storm and its impact on the environment, Chinese citizens and government, the Ash Center sat down with Jesse Turiel, Ash Center China Energy Postdoctoral Fellow. 

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