University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Student Working Papers

The CLOSUP Student Working Paper Series presents papers on a wide range of topics relevant to state, local, and urban policy. Papers in the series are written by students at the University of Michigan. Current papers in the series are presented below.


The Prioritization of the Prisoner Community Versus the Host-Community in the Relocation of Utah’s Draper State Prison
Anna Silver


Disparities in Green Infrastructure Implementation in Washtenaw County, Michigan
Aleah Rogalski


The Role of National and State Actors in the Cape Town Water Crisis
Grant Rivas


The Effect of Public Opinion on International Environmental Agreements in the U.S. and China
Lydia Murray


Framing Local Parking Restrictions as Climate Change Mitigation Policies
Ian McKenny


The Politics of the Gas Tax: Exploring State Politics and the Oil Industry
C.J. Mayer


An Investigation of Solar Friendly Policies in American States’ Renewable Portfolio Standards
Will Horne


Comparing What Triggered Renewable Energy Development in Jordan and Morocco
Tyler Coady


Virginia’s Road to RGGI: A Case Study of State-Level Cap-and-Trade Adoption
Joe Cianciola


Exploring Current Republican Senators’ Portrayal of Climate Change and Mitigation Policies
Madeline Carter


Analyzing the Evolution of the Renewable Portfolio Standard in the United States
Kyle Butler


Changing Winds of Community Attitudes Towards Wind Energy Development: an Analysis of Huron County, Michigan
Alexander H. Wood


Carbon Capture and Storage Framing in the Media
Brett Swiecicki


Plastic Bag Policy and Enforcement in the United States
Abrianna Soule


Residential Utility Rates’ Effect on Americans’ Support and Willingness-To-Pay for Carbon-Pricing Policies
Jacob Podell


Veto Override and RPS Expansion in Maryland: Roles of Actors and the Economy
Rio Mizuno


Feeding Urbanized Farmland: Food Policy in the Midwest
Claire M. Griffin


Potential collaboration between food policy councils and food hubs
Madelyn Celovsky


Analyzing the Debate Surrounding Clean Water Act Jurisdiction: A Use of the ACF for Decoding American Environmental Policy Stalemates
Adam Assink


Reforming Michigan’s Charter Schools
Casey VanderWeide


Fixing the Higher Education Funding System in Michigan
Keerthana Sundar


Funding Local Governments in Michigan
Carson Smith


Blown Away: The Increasing Importance of Wind Energy in Michigan
Sean Smalley


Regional Tax Authority in the State of Michigan
Karen Seo


Renewable Energy Reform in Michigan
Tanner Savitsky


The Need for Increased Police Funding in Detroit
Lucas Ryan


Michigan Roads and Policy Recommendations
Jay Nautiyal


Michigan Road Funding (Toll Booth/Road)
Austin Leist


Learning from Prop 1: Healing Michigan’s Roads
Matthew Lawford


Michigan Agriculture: How Farm Subsidies are Killing Growth and the Environment
Kohlton Johnson


The Promise of Free College
Ingrid Johnson


Healing Michigan: An Examination of State-Level Responses to the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan
Benjamin P. Greenberg


Policy Analysis: Brain Drain in The State of Michigan
Bridget I. Granger


Property Tax Rates in Detroit: A Michigan Public Policy Recommendation
Ronald Everett


Public Mass Transportation in West Michigan: The Case for Expanding Services
David W. Baker


Privatizing the Public Sphere: Should Governments Outsource Health and Human Services?
Allana Akhtar


The Struggle for Shared Governance in Hydraulic Fracturing Policy: An Interstate Comparison of Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado
Carolyn Rice, CLOSUP Policy Analyst


The Status of New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme
Kerri Metz, CLOSUP Policy Analyst Nina Tannenbaum, CLOSUP Policy Analyst

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