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Peter H. Schuck
Peter H. Schuck is a law professor at Yale the co-editor (with James Q. Wilson) of Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation (Public Affairs), and the author of Why Government Fails So Often, and How It Can Do Better.

Entries by Peter H. Schuck

Why Are Conservatives Celebrating the California Teacher Tenure Decision?

(10) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Conservatives, even more than most people, think of themselves as principled. Conservative principles, they insist, consist of certain fundamental verities that have stood the test of time and cannot be allowed to yield to considerations of short-term advantage. Perhaps the most fundamental conservative principle of all is reverence for the...

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Obamacare's Market Problem

(79) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 9:02 AM

In a now-familiar policy ritual, the White House has just re-jiggered the Affordable Care Act -- this time by allowing consumers to renew millions of non-compliant health insurance policies for at least two more years. It remains to be seen whether the courts will uphold the legality of these unilateral...

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In Government, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

(197) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 6:12 PM

The White House's decision to suspend enforcement of Obamacare's health insurance standards because of the website debacle was politically wise. (Its legality and implementation, however, remain uncertain.) But the main lesson we should draw from this incident is not that government can quickly change course in the face of failure....

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Citizenship and the Financial Crisis in Europe

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 3:06 PM

The primary obstacle to solving Europe's fiscal crisis is not money. There is enough money, especially in Germany, to stabilize European financial markets, at least until the next convulsion. What is plainly missing among the European states is the sense of mutual sacrifice and common political destiny that we call...
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Paying Damages to Falsely Arrested Citizens

(12) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 4:00 PM

A recent report in the New York Times details how many Americans have been arrested and detained, sometimes for many months, simply because the immigration authorities (known as ICE) mistakenly took them for deportable immigrants. These false imprisonments -- ICE has no legal authority to detain a...
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