Lunch with a Leader: Christine Harada, former U.S. Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama Administration

Christine Harada most recently served as the US Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama Administration. In this role, she provided oversight for all sustainability-related initiatives across the Federal government in energy, fleet, and acquisitions by overseeing game-changing improvements that added to our nation’s clean energy future.  She also served as the acting Chief of Staff for…

Dreamers Deserve Our Attention and Respect

The Globe Post published an op-ed by Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School on why President Donald Trump should act now to protect those who are signed up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ….DACA has been a temporary solution. Many of these children are now in our universities worried about…

The Great American Housing Finance System and the Role of the Federal Government

Housing is local, but money is global. What is the best way to allocate our resources toward housing affordability? How far are we from that goal? How do we even agree on what affordability means?

In this episode, our resident housing finance expert Richard K. Green will walk us step-by-step through these winding routes we’ve constructed to access the American dream.

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McCann’s new book uncovers partisanship when Congress delegates policy to states

Ever since she worked for a state-level agency before attending graduate school, USC Price Assistant Professor Pamela McCann has been intrigued by when and why Congress chooses to delegate to the states for implementation of federal policy. In her new book The Federal Design Dilemma: Congress and Intergovernmental Delegation (Cambridge University Press), McCann uncovered the…

California prepares to lead national revolt against the new president

California, as a whole, did not vote for Trump.  What are the implications for a liberal state? ….For all the forces arrayed against Trump in California, the federal government has several relatively easy ways to punish a rogue state. “We’re screwed,” glumly concludes University of Southern California political scientist Sherry Bebitch Jeffe when [asked how] she reacted to Trump’s…