TABLE of CONTENTS May 2014
BY Jonathan Walters
Britain has a bold yet simple plan to do something few U.S. governments do: test the effectiveness of multiple policies before rolling them out. But are American lawmakers willing to listen to facts more than money or politics?
In 2009, Brazil became one of only three countries to mandate early education. But it quickly found that universal preschool is a simple idea that’s difficult to implement.
Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian’s ideas are the basis for what may be America’s next consumer privacy law. But her ideas have fierce critics.
The United States may be a leader in the search for a cure, but it lags behind other countries when it comes to diagnosing and caring for people with dementia.
The Spanish city is embedded with more than 12,000 sensors to help the government operate as efficiently as possible. It’s changing the way Europe thinks about cities.
A Dutch journalist attempted to capture the essence of civil servants through portraits of local government office workers worldwide.
POLITICS + POLICY
Like the U.S., China will have to change how local officials think about public finance if it wants to stop its growing debt problems.
Should everyone have a guaranteed minimum income even if they don’t have a job? It’s a radical idea on the Swiss ballot that also has some support in the United States.
While still recovering from genocide, Rwanda implemented a national ban on plastic bags -- a feat that only one U.S. state has accomplished.
The Eastern European city found a way to offer free rides to citizens for a small cost to government. The U.S. has tried it before. Will cities try it again?
It's something more than 30 U.S. states and cities have tried and failed to do.
Nearly all Americans support organ donation, but only a third are registered donors. A study in the United Kingdom offers insight into what gets people to give up a part of themselves.
Thanks to desalination plants, Israel is no longer worried about its water supply. So why aren't there more desalination plants in the United States?
Our map shows general government gross debt as a percentage of GDP for all countries.
When students from abroad attend American universities, their ideas enrich us.
The country removes the anonymousness of government by publicly identifying the people responsible for particular projects on street signs. It’s an anti-corruption approach that has lots of possibilities for U.S. governments.
How the small Middle Eastern country jumped from 49th to 28th in online service delivery should have state and local CIOs in the United States paying close attention.
There’s a lot America can learn from these two countries about how to avert municipal bankruptcies.
The Haskell Free Library and Opera House was intentionally built straddling the border between Quebec and Vermont.