Public policy ideas make their way into the conversation in a variety of ways. Typically, New Books in Public Policy looks at how books influence the debate, but in this episode we talk to the founding editor of National Affairs magazine, Yuval Levin. Levin has a wealth of experience to draw on, having previously served as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Bioethics under President Bush and as an Associate Director on the White House Domestic Policy Council. Levin is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Levin’s most recent article for National Affairs, entitled “Beyond the Welfare State,” examines the tension created by the competing aspirations of our nation. He explores the question of whether we can race ahead while simultaneously leaving no one behind. But National Affairs is about more than Levin’s ideas: it is designed to highlight the ideas of our best public policy thinkers. In our interview, we talked about how the magazine got started, some of its most influential pieces, and how to get readers to look at serious policy work in the era of Twitter.
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