USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price Review 2010-2011

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The student-run journal of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Welcome to the 2010-2011 edition of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Review. The USC Price Review is a student-run academic journal comprised of all disciplines within the Price School of Public Policy (USC Price) at the University of Southern California. The USC Price Review publishes effective and inspiring policy reports that address global issues on a multi-disciplinary level.

Created in 2009 by graduate students of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, the USC Price Review incorporates the expertise of all programs at the Price School of Public Policy. The goal of the USC Price Review is to promote discourse amongst graduate and professional degree students of Public Policy, Public Administration, Real Estate Development, Health Administration, and Planning programs by encouraging students to produce work that inspires dialogue on a broad range of topics.

Public Administration

Public Administration

The Children’s Museum of Los Angeles: A Case of Relocation

The Children’s Museum of Los Angeles opened to the public in 1979, with the mission to educate, entertain and enrich children’s lives in the greater Los Angeles area. By 1999, the museum has experienced tremendous growth in terms of programs and exhibits and its 20 year-old home is starting to show its age. At the height of this success, the museum is in need of dynamic leadership, now more than ever, to guide it through its next phase. This case follows the CMLA Board of Trustees’ struggle to decide the future of the museum. Read more »

Public Policy

Public Policy

Benefit-Cost Analysis of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Truck Program

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the largest U.S. ports, handling more than 40 percent of trade coming into the country. Due to the pollution associated with the movement of goods in and out of the ports, the surrounding communities face significant health risks, including increased cases of asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease, cancer and even death. The Clean Trucks Program is a component of the Clean Air Action Plan, developed by the ports to mitigate negative health impacts by placing restrictions on the type of truck allowed to enter. Read more »

Urban Planning

Urban Planning

The Pauper’s Crown: Amtrak’s Acela Express and the Limitations of the Northeast Corridor

Amtrak’s Acela Express, initially touted as next-generation high speed rail, has fallen well short of lofty expectations. Its lackluster performance is directly attributable to two key factors: rapidly-decaying and inadequate infrastructure for high speed operations throughout the Northeast Corridor, and an utter lack of effective leadership and management within both Congress and Amtrak. In short, Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is not sufficient for high speed operations. New leaders in implementation-related sectors are required to reinvigorate the push for high speed rail. Read more »

Health Administration

Health Administration

The Impact of Clinical Integration on Joint Managed Care Contracting Among Independent Physicians

Clinical integration describes a medical practice and economic model under which independent providers work together to coordinate the medical care provided to patients. Successful clinical integration aligns the incentives of physicians, hospitals, and other providers in a way that increases access to care, improves clinical quality, and reduces overall costs. In addition, clinically integrated providers that meet Federal Trade Commission requirements may jointly contract with fee-for-service health plans, a practice that is typically banned among independent providers by the Sherman Antitrust Act. Read more »