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Policy change

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The policy change 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.

Further reading

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

Clough, Emily. 2015. Effective altruism’s political blind spot.
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?
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.
An example of effective altruist policy work.

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

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

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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

The link be­tween 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
121 points
34 comments17 min readEA link

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

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

How We Banned Fur in Berkeley

jayquigley5 Aug 2017 14:53 UTC
16 points
7 commentsEA link

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

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

How I got an en­try-level role in Congress

new_staffer12 Apr 2021 4:10 UTC
107 points
2 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
54 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
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