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Scholarly Publications

Caught in the Crossfire: The Geography of Extortion and Police Corruption in Mexico

June 2017

When Mexican President Felipe Caldrón took office in December 2006 he declared a war on the nation’s drug traffic organizations (Ríos and Shirk, 2011).

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

June 2017

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

Authoritarian Survival and Poverty Traps: Land Reform in Mexico

June 2017

This paper examines why governments in underdeveloped countries systematically pursue policies that prevent long-term economic growth.

Other Publications

Conference Report: Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence [June 2015]

June 2017

Following in the footsteps of last year’s international conference on violence and policing in Latin American and U.S.

Impact Evaluation: Program Jóvenes con Porvenir

June 2017

Jóvenes con Porvenir is a public-funded program run by the government of Zapopan.

El Salvador’s La Unión Port: Foundering in a Sea of Politics

August 2016

Guillermo López Suárez, the new head of El Salvador’s port authority, faces a dilemma: how to get the brand new La Unión port running.

News

Our Year of Living Dangerously

January 2018

"As 2018 unfolds, the domestic and international dimensions of Trump’s crisis-ridden presidency are beginning to intersect in wildly unpredictable and potentially disastrous ways.

FSI congratulates our 2018 Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars

December 2017

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies is proud to congratulate Stanford’s 2018 Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars.

Polarized planet & What is to be done?

December 2017

"The problems with our democracy—ever-deepening polarization, incivility, gridlock, dysfunction, conflicts of interest, and disregard for democratic norms—are not just problems of political culture...

Events

Using Mass Media to Change Law Enforcement Norms on Human Trafficking in Nepal

March 1, 2018

Abstract:What are the e ffects of mass media campaigns on the norms and behaviors of police officers as pertains to human tra fficking?

Business associations and local taxation in the Philippines

February 22, 2018

Abstract:At their best, decentralizing reforms make government more accountable to citizens and empower local governments to invest in their own development.

Authoritarian Populism and Youth in Turkey

February 14, 2018

Abstract:While populism takes different forms in different countries, the success of populist parties and leaders comes from their ability to represent grievances.

Projects

Program on Human Rights

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be phasing out its program in 2015 with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen...
English

Leadership Academy for Development Workshops

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and...
English

Leadership Academy for Development

Program Overview  |  Background and Rationale  |  Training Program  |  Curriculum   |  Case Studies  |  Partnership  |  LAD Around the World  |  Lectures  | Student Testimonials | Interviews |...
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Multimedia

Disruption: Challenges of a New Era

March 2017

CDDRL welcomed Fundacion RAP (Red de Accion Politica) March 19-March 24, for a joint conference: “Disruption: Challenges of a New Era”.

Frightened masses are easy to manipulate

November 2016

The Q&A with Bassem Youssef, CDDRL visiting scholar, on media, comedy, and politics in the U.S and the Middle East. 

Special Event: Combating Corruption in Democratic Societies

July 2016

 On May 30, 2016 Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) together with our partners at Poder Ciudadano and the Office of Anti-Corruption hosted a special event to showcase global anti-corruption practices in Buenos...

People

Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Didi Kuo Research Scholar Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Professor
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Gustavo Robles Research Associate
Vanessa Melo Graduate Research Assistant, Poverty and Governance
Dayna Barnes Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Andrea L. Everett Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Young A. Lee Financial Management Analyst