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FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

The Impact of Holy Land Crusades on State Formation: War Mobilization, Trade Integration, and Political Development in Medieval Europe

November 2016

*/ Lisa Blaydes and Christopher Paik explore the impact the Holy Land Crusaders in Cambridge International Organization, as the most significant forms of military mobilization during the medieval...

How the Mexican Drug War Affects Kids and Schools? Evidence on Effects and Mechanisms

October 2016

In this paper published by the International Journal of Educational Development, we investigate the impact of drug-related violence in Mexico on academic achievement.

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

December 2015

At the end of Chen Shui-bian’s two terms as the president of Taiwan, his tenure was widely viewed as a disappointment, if not an outright failure.

Other Publications

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...

Conference Report: The Politics of Polarization in Taiwan [Oct. 2014]

December 2014

Over the past year and more, Taiwan’s political elite has been deadlocked over the question of deepening economic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

May 2013

Stanford's Karl Eikenberry and David Kennedy discuss the implications of America's switch to an all-volunteer force.

News

The Future of Globalization

February 2017

The populist backlash against globalization is being felt acutely across Europe as well as here in the US.

Democracy World with Francis Fukuyama

January 2017

"I don't think anyone, including many in the media themselves, would say that they are somehow completely political neutral, but a much deeper assertion was made where even factual statements and...

Police Analysts from Mexico's Commission on National Security Participate in Stanford Workshop

November 2016

The Stanford Program on Poverty and Governance delivered its five-day training course, “Effective Law Enforcement Institutions and Democratic Accountability,” to law enforcement professionals from...

Events

Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

June 8, 2017

Abstract:In India, the world’s largest democracy, the symbiotic relationship between crime and politics raises complex questions.

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 1, 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

Can Cash Boost Governance in Poor Countries?

May 8, 2017

Abstract:One policy option for countries reliant on natural resources is to share part of the revenues directly with citizens, an idea known as oil to cash.

Projects

Improving Teacher Quality in Mexico

Teaching is a core element of the educational process and a significant body of literature demonstrates that good teachers matter a lot for improving student academic achievement.
English

Political Participation, Pluralism, and Citizenship Rights in the Arab World

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for pluralism and citizenship rights, particularly with respect to the political...
English

Networks of Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

We study the dynamics and logic of extortion in Mexico’s drug war.
English

Multimedia

The Art of Authoritarian Control in China

February 2017

Abstract:When villages in China began to introduce local elections in the 1980s it was, for many, a moment of great optimism about the prospects for local democracy in the Peoples' Republic.

The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: Evidence from Lagos

February 2017

Abstract:Property rights are important for economic exchange, but in much of the world they are not publicly provided.

The Whore, the Hostess, and the Honey: Policing, Health, Business and the Regulation of Prostitution in China

December 2016

Speaker Bio: Margaret Boittin is Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada. She studies Chinese law and politics.She was a predoctoral and postdoctoral fellow at CDDRL (2012-2015).  

People

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Gerhard Casper Senior Fellow Professor in Undergraduate Education, Emeritus, Professor, Law, Emeritus
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
David Brady Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Terry L. Karl Professor, Political Science
Joshua Cohen Professor, Political Science, Professor, Philosophy, Professor, Law