Public Policy Clinic: Climate Change, Health & Food, Human Rights, Trade (Harrison Institute)
The Harrison Institute supports actors who shape and make public policy. Some of our clients are nonprofit coalitions that promote policy change at various levels – local, state, federal, and international. Others are decision-makers, primarily at the state level – legislators, attorneys general, regulatory agencies, and their national associations.
Our students and staff analyze law-making authority, identify options for changing policy, help our clients plan their strategy, and draft policy documents based on client choices. Here are some of the questions we tackle:
Climate – How can states sustain their role as innovators on climate policy? How can local governments adapt to rising seas, hotter summers, and prolonged droughts? How can federal agencies support adaptation by states through more flexible rulemaking?
Health & food – How can school districts server healthier foods and promote better nutrition in schools? Can school districts apply sustainability criteria when procuring food? How can state programs for HIV/AIDS services take advantage of changes in the Affordable Care Act? How can state insurance regulators set clear standards for consumers to compare their insurance choices in the chaotic marketplace?
Workers – How can universities establish the model for a “just employment” policy? What is the strategy by which universities can be regional or national leaders in respecting the dignity of work for both direct and contract employees? How can governments and large institutions use their purchasing power to create a market that supports decent working conditions?
Trade – Can foreign investors use trade agreements to limit tobacco-control measures? What kind of safeguards would protect health measures from international litigation? Can trade rules be used to restrict fossil fuel subsidies that contribute to climate change?