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TagLast edit: 28 Aug 2021 21:27 UTC by EA Wiki assistant

The policy tag is very broad, covering any post about improving government policy (in developing and developed countries alike).

Improving policy

Governments are typically committed to the notion that their policies should be effective. This means that members of the effective altruist community can be in a good position to help governments reach their aims. Moreover, the fact that governments are very powerful, and control significant proportions of world GDP, suggests that helping policy-makers can be a high-value strategy. This strategy can be pursued either from the outside—by effective altruist organizations which advise policy-makers—or from the inside—by policy-makers who try to do the most good possible.

Some of the highest-impact reforms affect people who are less able to advocate for their own interests, such as prisoners or migrants. Other policies, like macroeconomic policy and land use reform, have effects that are somewhat diffuse and non-obvious, which makes it difficult to assemble groups to lobby for change. The more mainstream focus areas of global poverty and health, animal welfare and existential risk could also be addressed using political advocacy.

Bibliography

Bowerman, Niel (2014) Good policy ideas that won’t happen (yet), Effective Altruism Forum, September 14.
A look at the viability of changing public policy on certain issues.

Clough, Emily (2015) Effective altruism’s political blind spot, Boston Review, July 14.
An example of one of the main criticisms of effective altruism: that it paid insufficient attention to political advocacy in the past.

Farquhar, Sebastian (2016) Should EAs do policy?, Effective Altruism Global, August 5.
A talk at EA Global 2016 with an overview of why policy work might be effective.

Global Priorities Project (2015) New UK aid strategy – prioritising research and crisis response, Global Priorities Project, December 2.
An example of effective altruist policy work.

Karnofsky, Holden (2013) The track record of policy-oriented philanthropy, Open Philanthropy, November 6.
Articles on Open Philanthropy about policy and philanthropy.

Open Philanthropy (2016) U.S. policy, Open Philanthropy.
The Philanthropy Project’s assesment of policy as a focus area

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How Europe might mat­ter for AI governance

stefan.torges12 Jul 2019 23:42 UTC
48 points
13 comments8 min readEA link

Max­i­miz­ing the Long-Run Re­turns of Re­tire­ment Savings

FCCC7 Jul 2020 8:52 UTC
10 points
7 comments4 min readEA link

Cosmopolitanism

TopherHallquist10 Sep 2014 7:30 UTC
33 points
42 commentsEA link

Cen­ter for Global Devel­op­ment: The UK as an Effec­tive Altruist

Dale10 Aug 2020 19:29 UTC
15 points
9 comments1 min readEA link
(www.cgdev.org)

Against the So­cial Dis­count Rate (Cowen & Parfit) - Weak refutations

Jorgen_Ljones12 Aug 2020 15:06 UTC
29 points
3 comments5 min readEA link

Im­prov­ing lo­cal gov­er­nance in frag­ile states—prac­ti­cal les­sons from the field

Timothy_Liptrot12 Aug 2020 3:07 UTC
19 points
7 comments6 min readEA link

Im­prov­ing lo­cal gov­er­nance in frag­ile states—prac­ti­cal les­sons #2

Timothy_Liptrot15 Aug 2020 0:25 UTC
10 points
0 comments5 min readEA link

A Model of Ra­tional Policy: When Is a Goal “Good”?

FCCC10 Oct 2020 16:11 UTC
4 points
0 comments17 min readEA link

Are we un­der­uti­liz­ing grass­roots-style poli­ti­cal ad­vo­cacy?

Ernst Applejuice24 Aug 2020 6:08 UTC
17 points
3 comments6 min readEA link

How do poli­ti­cal sci­en­tists do good?

Timothy_Liptrot28 Aug 2020 19:17 UTC
18 points
12 comments4 min readEA link

Ca­reers (to help an­i­mals) in poli­tics, policy, and lobbying

Jamie_Harris30 Aug 2020 10:37 UTC
32 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

The Years 0 and 1 of the Policy En­trepreneur­ship Network

Michal_Trzesimiech17 Sep 2020 16:51 UTC
60 points
3 comments10 min readEA link

Two Re­quire­ments for Any Welfare Payment

FCCC17 Jun 2020 13:07 UTC
5 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

In­tro­duc­ing LEEP: Lead Ex­po­sure Elimi­na­tion Project

Jack6 Oct 2020 7:25 UTC
142 points
26 comments5 min readEA link

Tax Havens and the case for Tax Justice

--alex--15 Sep 2020 18:06 UTC
44 points
10 comments10 min readEA link

Some thoughts on the effec­tive­ness of the Fraun­hofer Society

Hans Waschke-Wischedag30 Sep 2020 11:01 UTC
57 points
12 comments7 min readEA link

What Helped the Voice­less? His­tor­i­cal Case Studies

Mauricio11 Oct 2020 3:38 UTC
113 points
16 comments92 min readEA link

N-95 For All: A Covid-19 Policy Proposal

DannyBressler28 Oct 2020 6:43 UTC
21 points
9 comments15 min readEA link

[Question] Ge­or­gia on my Mind: Effec­tively Flip­ping the Senate

deluks9178 Nov 2020 7:24 UTC
6 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Poli­ti­cal ini­ti­a­tive: Fun­da­men­tal rights for primates

Jonas Vollmer4 Aug 2016 19:35 UTC
12 points
2 commentsEA link

Should We Try to Change An­i­mal Welfare Laws in In­dia or Taiwan?- Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship’s Ap­proach Report

vicky_cox8 Jan 2020 18:45 UTC
26 points
13 comments2 min readEA link

Cen­tre for the Study of Ex­is­ten­tial Risk Four Month Re­port June—Septem­ber 2020

HaydnBelfield2 Dec 2020 18:33 UTC
24 points
0 comments18 min readEA link

Idea: Re­sumes for Politicians

capybaralet3 Dec 2020 23:54 UTC
4 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

Health and hap­piness re­search top­ics—Part 1: Back­ground on QALYs and DALYs

Derek9 Dec 2020 0:38 UTC
109 points
6 comments76 min readEA link

Effec­tive Lob­by­ing Dis­cus­sion Group

Noah Wescombe13 Dec 2020 23:43 UTC
13 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] How high im­pact are UK policy ca­reer paths?

Denise_Melchin17 Dec 2020 15:04 UTC
59 points
6 comments3 min readEA link

Health and hap­piness re­search top­ics—Part 3: The sHALY: Devel­op­ing sub­jec­tive wellbe­ing-based health metrics

Derek30 Dec 2020 15:27 UTC
36 points
4 comments42 min readEA link

In­tro­duc­ing a pro­ject on ac­countabil­ity in gov­er­nance, plus a call for volunteers

aman-patel30 Dec 2020 17:55 UTC
3 points
2 comments20 min readEA link

Fore­cast­ing of Pri­ori­ties: a tool for effec­tive poli­ti­cal par­ti­ci­pa­tion?

janklenha31 Dec 2020 15:24 UTC
27 points
8 comments7 min readEA link

Why are party poli­tics not an EA pri­or­ity?

Chantal2 Jan 2021 18:52 UTC
37 points
12 comments3 min readEA link

The Elec­toral Con­se­quences of Pan­demic Failure Project

Dale7 Jan 2021 20:57 UTC
11 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

The in­ter­sec­tion of for­eign aid and EA: a U.S. case study

ljusten8 Jan 2021 20:57 UTC
17 points
4 comments18 min readEA link

Is for­eign aid effec­tive?

ljusten14 Jan 2021 0:30 UTC
15 points
1 comment9 min readEA link

Policy ques­tion: ba­sic in­come af­ter pub­lic ser­vice?

ljusten2 Feb 2021 20:31 UTC
9 points
2 comments2 min readEA link

Surveillance and free ex­pres­sion | Sunyshore

evelynciara23 Feb 2021 2:14 UTC
9 points
0 comments9 min readEA link
(sunyshore.substack.com)

Dutch anti-trust reg­u­la­tor bans pro-an­i­mal welfare chicken cartel

Dale24 Feb 2021 15:44 UTC
47 points
13 comments1 min readEA link
(www.lexology.com)

An Overview of Poli­ti­cal Science (Policy and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Primer for EA, Part 3)

Davidmanheim5 Jan 2020 12:54 UTC
18 points
4 comments10 min readEA link

In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions; States, Ra­tional Ac­tors, and Other Ap­proaches (Policy and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Primer Part 4)

Davidmanheim22 Jan 2020 8:29 UTC
23 points
3 comments16 min readEA link

Is Democ­racy a Fad?

Ben Garfinkel13 Mar 2021 12:40 UTC
132 points
35 comments18 min readEA link

Why We Think Tobacco Tax Ad­vo­cacy Could be More Cost-Effec­tive than AMF

calebp5 Mar 2020 15:03 UTC
45 points
3 comments4 min readEA link

How We Banned Fur in Berkeley

jayquigley5 Aug 2017 14:53 UTC
16 points
7 comments5 min readEA link

Work­ing in Congress (Part #2): Assess­ing fit and land­ing a job

Locke_USA11 Apr 2021 18:24 UTC
42 points
3 comments28 min readEA link

How I got an en­try-level role in Congress

new_staffer12 Apr 2021 4:10 UTC
114 points
5 comments9 min readEA link

Kotlikoff et al., ‘Mak­ing Car­bon Tax­a­tion a Gen­er­a­tional Win Win’

Matt_Lerner24 Nov 2019 16:27 UTC
15 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

Could I have some more sys­temic change, please, sir?

MichaelPlant22 Jan 2018 16:26 UTC
24 points
23 commentsEA link

OPIS policy pa­per: Le­gal­is­ing ac­cess to psilo­cy­bin for the treat­ment of cluster headaches

jonleighton12 Nov 2020 11:10 UTC
43 points
5 comments1 min readEA link

OPIS ini­ti­a­tive on ac­cess to psilo­cy­bin for cluster headaches

jonleighton10 Sep 2020 8:22 UTC
57 points
5 comments3 min readEA link

Hit Based Giv­ing for Global Development

DavidNash6 Feb 2019 18:19 UTC
23 points
10 comments2 min readEA link

High Time For Drug Policy Re­form. Part 2/​4: Six Ways It Could Do Good And An­ti­ci­pat­ing The Objections

MichaelPlant10 Aug 2017 19:34 UTC
14 points
15 commentsEA link

High Time For Drug Policy Re­form. Part 3/​4: Policy Sugges­tions, Tractabil­ity and Neglectedess

MichaelPlant11 Aug 2017 15:17 UTC
8 points
6 commentsEA link

High Time For Drug Policy Re­form. Part 4/​4: Es­ti­mat­ing Cost-Effec­tive­ness vs Other Causes; What EA Should Do Next

MichaelPlant12 Aug 2017 18:03 UTC
8 points
14 commentsEA link

Com­par­ing Four Cause Areas for Found­ing New Charities

Joey24 Jan 2020 12:58 UTC
39 points
3 comments5 min readEA link

James Snow­den: The evolu­tion of GiveWell’s research

EA Global24 Jan 2020 15:36 UTC
19 points
0 comments14 min readEA link
(www.youtube.com)

Day One Pro­ject Tech­nol­ogy Policy Accelerator

Aryeh Englander8 Feb 2021 15:14 UTC
21 points
1 comment4 min readEA link

Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship: Grad­u­ate light­ning talks

EA Global3 Jul 2020 14:48 UTC
14 points
0 comments15 min readEA link
(www.youtube.com)

End­ing The War on Drugs—A New Cause For Effec­tive Altru­ists?

MichaelPlant6 May 2021 13:18 UTC
110 points
20 comments2 min readEA link
(www.newstatesman.com)

Should some­one start a grass­roots cam­paign for USA to recog­nise the State of Pales­tine?

freedomandutility11 May 2021 15:29 UTC
−14 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

UK gov­ern­ment plan for an­i­mal welfare

Matt_Sharp12 May 2021 13:50 UTC
20 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

Work­ing in Par­li­a­ment: How to get a job & have an impact

DavidZhang24 May 2021 10:46 UTC
63 points
8 comments9 min readEA link

COVID: How did we do? How can we know?

Ghost_of_Li_Wenliang30 Jun 2021 12:29 UTC
164 points
48 comments9 min readEA link

Nar­ra­tion: Re­duc­ing long-term risks from malev­olent actors

D0TheMath15 Jul 2021 16:26 UTC
23 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(anchor.fm)

An End to Cages in Europe?

EA Forum Archives23 Jul 2021 0:32 UTC
48 points
2 comments5 min readEA link
(mailchi.mp)

Writ­ing about my job: Civil Ser­vant (UK for­eign policy)

PatrickL2 Aug 2021 12:51 UTC
38 points
10 comments3 min readEA link

Fore­sight for Govern­ments: Sin­ga­pore’s Long-ter­mist Policy Tools & Les­sons

nym14 Aug 2021 12:29 UTC
42 points
1 comment11 min readEA link

Sum­mary and Take­aways: Han­son’s “Shall We Vote on Values, But Bet on Beliefs?”

Lizka25 Aug 2021 0:43 UTC
33 points
12 comments17 min readEA link

Con­sider “Semester in DC” Pro­grams, if You’re a US Stu­dent In­ter­ested in Policy Work

Mauricio31 Aug 2021 5:32 UTC
42 points
2 comments5 min readEA link

Work­ing at a (DC) policy think tank: Why you might want to do it, what it’s like, and how to get a job

Locke_USA31 Aug 2021 16:50 UTC
77 points
10 comments42 min readEA link

How to Avoid Cal­ifor­nia Re­call Disasters (SF Chron­i­cle Op-Ed)

Mahendra Prasad17 Sep 2021 5:01 UTC
3 points
0 comments2 min readEA link

Pan­demic pre­ven­tion in Ger­man par­ties’ fed­eral elec­tion platforms

tilboy19 Sep 2021 7:40 UTC
14 points
2 comments6 min readEA link
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