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Scholarly Publications

Power from Doing Nothing: Why Some Government Agencies Start with Autonomy

June 2016

AbstractWhy do some government agencies start with more autonomy than others?

Is There Such A Thing As A "Direct" Cash Transfer? [Dec. 2014]

December 2014

AuthorsVivek Srinivasan, Program Manager, Program on Liberation Technology, CDDRL, Stanford UniversityRajendran Narayanan, Cornell UniversitySai Chand Chintala, Society for Social Audit,...

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

April 2011

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that...

Other Publications

New Delhi Electricity

April 2016

By the late 1990s, decades of rural migration and population growth in New Delhi, India had caused enormous strain on public services and infrastructure.

Land Acquisition for Industrialization in West Bengal: the Tata Nano Case

December 2015

Industrial development in West Bengal is a central platform of the new Left Front government ushered in by a landslide electoral victory in 2006.

Conference Report: Coalition Against Corruption [Jan. 2014]

January 2015

CoCo 2014 was the inaugural edition of the Coalition against Corruption (CoCo) conference co-hosted by The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Janaagraha...

News

Welcoming the class of 2015 undergraduate honors students

July 2014

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University is pleased to announce the 2015 class of undergraduate senior honors students.

Casper shares insights into speeches from his presidency

February 2014

Academic freedom was a recurring theme during Gerhard Casper's eight years at the helm of Stanford.

Stanford Human Rights Summer Fellowship now accepting applications

November 2013

The Program on Human Rights at CDDRL, in partnership with the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, is offering up to three summer fellowships to talented Stanford undergraduates interested in...

Events

LAD Course: LBSNAA Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

September 6, 2016

This five day intensive program for a select group of mid- and high-level Indian government officials and business leaders is designed to address how government can encourage and enable the private...

When Law Matters: the Everyday Life of the Indian Constitution

November 18, 2015

This event is sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for South Asia. When the Indian Constitution was adopted in 1950, its egalitarian and...

Design Thinking, Social Change and Governance Revolution in India

June 4, 2015

ABSTRACTTamil Nadu is among the few states in India that provides basic public services such as schools, water, electricity, primary healthcare and transport almost universally.  These services...

Projects

Empowering Women Leaders

Sweeping reforms of Indian government institutions created space for women’s political inclusion at an unprecedented scale.
English

Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones

India’s right to information movement had tremendous success in making strategic use of transparency for securing government accountability.
English

Quality of Democracy Project

As democracy has spread over the past three decades to a majority of the world's states, analytic attention has turned increasingly from explaining regime transitions to evaluating and explaining...
English

Multimedia

The Politics of Higher Education in India

January 2016

Abstract:India has the third largest system of higher education in the world, with many expecting this system to drive India's economic development going forward.

Design Thinking, Social Change and Governance Revolution in India

June 2015

ABSTRACTTamil Nadu is among the few states in India that provides basic public services such as schools, water, electricity, primary healthcare and transport almost universally.  These services function remarkably well, making a significant...

People

Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Sadaf H. Minapara Program Manager