Biden School Journal of Public Policy – JPP (formerly New Visions for Public Affairs) is an annual student-produced peer-review publication of the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration (Biden School). Founded in 2008, the journal publishes a scholarly peer-review journal comprised of student academic writing on topics related to public policy and public administration. The Biden School Journal is managed by a student editorial board that is advised by a Faculty Advisory Board.
This student-run journal showcases research and writing related to public policy and administration, but not limited to, scholarly research essays, literature reviews, and special interviews. Preference is given to works that take new approaches in their discussion of current policies and future alternatives.
Every year the Journal also holds a research symposium where authors whose submissions are published in the journal are invited to share their research findings with peers and faculty.
To inform and inspire policymakers and practitioners through a rigorous peer-review academic forum that advances scholarship, challenges traditional ideas, considers both theory and practice, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to public policy and administration.
The Biden School JPP seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum to showcase new alternatives and visions for public policy by challenging traditional approaches and advancing innovative scholarship. The Biden School JPP also serves to expose student authors to the peer-review process of academic publishing and student editors to the editorial process, while providing all students with the chance to participate in an enriching local, national and international community of scholars.
Biden School JPP – Volume 12
Despite the many movements and organizations dedicated its various forms remain a current issue in elections. While gerrymandering has been an issue consistently brought before the Supreme Court, there has been no established measure to identify a gerrymandered district. There is a broad scope of literature surrounding suggested measures, such as the curve. Gerrymandering presents a clear and present threat to the equality of elections due to the lack of competition and an unfair process of redistricting. Reforms such as guidelines for commissions and the 2020 census need to be undertaken to ensure a fair and just reapportionment process.
Energy Efficiency is key to establishing a sustainable and clean environment for present and future generations. Without initiative to develop energy efficiency, there are doubts that the path towards greater sustainability can ever be achieved. The literature on energy efficiency has long demonstrated the presence and persistence of an ‘energy efficiency gap’. This paper examines the nature and size of this gap, identifies vital explanatory factors and explored approach by which to bridge the gap between potential and actual improvements in energy efficiency for sustainable development.
The popular imagination, as exhibited by the television show Designated Survivor, constructs disaster recovery as a process performed by omnipotent government agents who guide action in ways that are comprehensive, fair, and efficient. However, as the National Disaster Recovery Plan and the District of Columbia Recovery Plan demonstrate, there is little understanding of the processes required to recover from a disaster. This paper examines the Plan for the District of Columbia’s Economic Recovery from disaster and proposes recommendations that could more easily streamline the planning and recovery of disaster in Washington, DC.
Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are emerging technologies which are opening new opportunities that improve and reduce the costs of electricity. However, exactly where the storage is deployed (generation, transmission or customer) on the electricity system can have an immense impact on the value created by BESS technologies. In this study, we highlight the value created by BESS when installed downstream from a nearly overloaded node at the distribution level by deferring investment in capital-intensive feeder upgrades. The study also examines regulatory policy initiatives in “storage as a transmission asset” and provides recommendations based on the understanding of the regulatory treatment of energy storage to ensure increased deployment of these systems as transmission assets.
Effective disasters: 2013 European flood damage as a policy driver by Logan Gerber-Chavez
Disasters are the most tangible representation of climate change in our time. For policymakers, the easiest way to engage their constituents on new public policy is to relate it to a specific need. Natural disasters are an easily visible reference to remind people of a very pressing need for new disaster policy. Are frequent references to disasters then a motivation for policy change? If yes, do policy changes coincide with the degree of disaster damage? To compare policy responses to disasters it requires holding the magnitude of a disaster as a constant so as to compare the difference in policy action in relation to the same disaster. This assessment compares policy responses by nine (9) European countries (including; Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia) affected by the 2013 flood of the Danube, Elbe, and Rhine rivers. Life years are implemented to compare the disaster impacts across multiple situations (Noy, 2015). The expectation was that the country most impacted would have the most incentive and therefore apply the most elaborate disaster policy in response.
VOLUME 11 – SPRING 2019
Rising to Meet the Central Challenge of Our Time by Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
2018 Seoul Case Study Experience by Eileen Young
Hardening Soft Targets by Daniel Henne
A Critical Review of Emergency and Disaster Management in the United Arab Emirates by Abdulhadi A. Al Ruwaithi
Civic Hackathons as Deliberative Democracy: Reflections from Participation in the 2018 Delaware Open Data Challenge by Eli Turkel, Elizabeth Suchanic, and Randy Neil
The Syrian Crisis: Failed Mediation and Implications for Conflict Resolution by Meagan Eisner
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Urbanization Versus Suburbanization by Brett Swan
VOLUME 10 – SPRING 2018
A Plan to Put Work – and Workers – First by Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Highlight: A Culture of Collaboration at UD by Kalyn McDonough
The Importance of Study Abroad: Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration by Yuliya Brel & Benjamin Chun
Child Abandonment and Adoption in South Korea: A Post-Korean War and Present-Day Analysis by Stacy N. Burwell
Communities Behind Bars: A Review of Mass Incarceration and the Coercive Mobility Hypothesis by Andrew C. Gray
The Role of Public Libraries in Disasters by Eileen Young
Merging Developing and Developed Worlds: The Blockchain Revolution’s Impact on Collective Global Growth by Jeffrey R. Martindale
Using Film Industry Subsidies to Influence Cultural Perceptions of Women in the US and Seoul by Stephanie Mergler
Book Review: Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by Kalyn McDonough
VOLUME 9 – SPRING 2017
Children in Foster Care: Improving Outcomes through Intervention by Jessica Velez
Seoul Cycle: Making Seoul a Bike-Friendly Destination by Savannah Edwards & Mesut Karakoc
Improving the Equity and Adequacy of Public Education Funding in Maryland by Kathryn Carns
Delaware Goes to College: Providing Equitable Access to Quality College Counseling and Increasing College Attendance Rates for High School Students in the State of Delaware by Tim Danos
Complete Streets Policies: Impacts on Urban Freight Transit by Gemma Tierney
The Failure of the Language Policy in Belarus by Yuliya Brel
Urban Greenspace and Economic Health in Cities: A Comparative Case Study of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Rachel Mabel
Community Involvement Needed: Food Deserts, Food and Nutritional Security by Christy Mannering
VOLUME 8 – SPRING 2016
Broadband Internet in Delaware: Bridging the Digital Divide by Jason Olson
An Urban Gay History: San Francisco as a Foundation by Valerie Lane
Urban Unrest: Crime Control in American Cities and the Sociological Implications of Police Strategy by David Karas
The Role of Geographic Location on College Campus Sexual Victimization Rates in the U.S.: A New Methodological Approach by Steven Keener and Gilbert Michaud
Trends in Federal Competitive Funding and Implications for Organizational Development by Claudia Caruso
VOLUME 7 – SPRING 2015
Special Profile – NVPA at the National Journal Conference for Schools of Public Policy & Affairs by Jessica Mitchell & Gemma Tierney
Special Profile – Enemies to Allies: The First Twenty Years of Public Allies Delaware by S. Elizabeth Lockman
Highway to Inequity: The Disparate Impact of the Interstate Highway System on Poor and Minority Communities in American Cities by David Karas
Harnessing Entrepreneurial Potential in Soweto as a Catalyst for Inclusive Growth by Alexandra Davis
Guidelines for Developing an Open Geospatial Response to Emergencies by Benjamin Wallace
Impact of the Drug Regulatory Authority in Pakistan: An Evaluation by Hira Rashid
Fundraising Challenges for Land Trust Organizations by Meredith Barnes, Shannon K. Orr, Tara Schuler, Tao Tang, Sarah Tekle, Christopher Van Newhouse
VOLUME 6 – SPRING 2014
Advocating for Justice and Equality: An Interview with Ashley Biden by M. Kristen Hefner
A Half-Century of Service and Scholarship: The Disaster Research Center at UD by Adria Buchanan
Civic Hacking: A Motivation Framework (NECoPA Special Feature) by Tanya Stepasiuk
Technopolitical Regimes and Climate Change: A Transcript of an Interview with the Carbon Cycle by Philip Barnes
Neoliberal Urbanism: Socio-Spatial Fragmentation & Exclusion by Rachel Beatty
Foster Youth Mentoring Program: Assisting with and Connecting the “Aging Out” Challenges in Delaware by Leann Moore
VOLUME 5 – SPRING 2013
Special Interview – Fabian Socialists and Red Light Traffic Cameras – An Interview with Robert Warren by Philip Barnes
Intersectional Disadvantages in the Emergence and Transformation of Legal Disputes by M. Kristen Hefner
Characteristics of Innovative Entrepreneurs – An Analysis at the Level of the Individual, the Firm, and the Business Environment by Daniel P. Smith
Pay for Spray Fire Protection Policy – A Case Study of Obion County, Tennessee by Natasha R. Nau
Volume 4 – SPRING 2012
Health Care System Structure and Delivery in the Republic of Korea – Considerations for Health Care Reform Implementation in the United States by Rachel Linstead Goldsmith
Urbanism and Gay Identity by Paul Ruiz
Assessing Lending Institutions’ Community Development Activities under the Community Reinvestment Act by Jason Stoehr