Value-Considerations in Public Policy Issues of the Year 2000.

by Nicholas H. Rescher

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback14 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

The list of "Values and Rights" of the Commission on the Year 2000 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is used as a basis for an attempt to isolate and analyze those probable and possible changes in values that policymakers of the future must implement. Some indicative features of this list are the emphasis on social values and virtues of ability and the absence of traditional virtues of character and aesthetics. The greatest knowledge gap, in light of the decline of past value-teaching agencies, is in how to transmit socially beneficent values, complicated by youth's cynicism in regard to adult failure to implement stated values. 14 pp.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.