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The Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit public policy research organization that stresses that government in Pennsylvania - and government leaders in the Commonwealth - should focus on accountability, efficiency, and responsibility in providing government services and in public service. The Center places special emphasis on free market principles, the role of servanthood, and the responsibilities of citizenship that form the foundation of our political structure.

Recent Additions to our Policy Papers

A Letter to America. . . from the United Kingdom

By Christine Constable BSc MBA - Political Journalist and Board member of Susquehanna Valley Center on

Click here for an interview with Christine Constable on Behind the Headlines 100 years since the 1918 Armistice  –  what lessons has Europe learned in keeping the peace in Europe? The First World war caused around 40 million casualties and between 15-19 million deaths and ranks as one of the most deadly human conflicts recorded […]

Tantalizingly Close, Yet Still As Far Away As Ever

By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute of Policy Studies on

That phrase pretty much sums up the recent legislative history of a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the General Assembly, the second largest among states, as the critics constantly remind us.  For decades, proposals to cut the number of state legislators have been introduced with fanfare.  Then they fizzle.  Things changed during […]

Low Voter Turnout A Long-Running Problem Not Easily Remedied

By David Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute of Policy Studies on

Commentators have no trouble spotting and no hesitation denouncing the various afflictions wracking the body politic in our state and nation.  Devising effective remedies that people are willing to enact and follow has a much higher degree of difficulty to it. The recent Pennsylvania primary election featured conditions that were presumed to be catnip to […]

Why Holocaust Remembrance Matters

By David A. Atkinson, Associate, Susquehanna Valley Center's Edward H. Arnold Institute of Policy Studies on

For those who share a deep appreciation for history, the combination of pivotal events and powerful intellects and captivating personalities who shaped our nation and way of life, this cannot be said to be the best of times. Many of us are numbed by the succession of surveys showing how little familiarity young people have […]