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In Search of Democracy

July 2015

This book evaluates the global status and prospects of democracy, with an emphasis on the quality of democratic institutions and the effectiveness of governance as key conditions for stable...

The Next Democratic Century

January 2014

In an article published in the January 2014 issue of Current History, Larry Diamond urges civil society and policy leaders to stay optimistic about democracy’s future, arguing that its historical...

Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective

March 2013

As demonstrated by current events in Tunisia and Egypt, oppressive regimes are rarely immune to their citizens’ desire for democratic government.

Morocco: Outfoxing the Opposition

December 2012

Morocco was not immune to the 2011 upheavals in the Arab world, but the country’s monarchy deftly managed the crisis through cosmetic constitutional reform.

Establishing a Lebanese Senate: Bicameralism and the Third Republic

August 2012

The Ta’if Accords, which ended Lebanon’s civil war, called explicitly for the dismantling of political confessionalism through the election of a Chamber of Deputies on “a national, non-confessional...

The Transformation of the Arab World

July 2012

In this article, Oliver Roy argues that in order to grasp what is happening in the Middle East, a number of deep-rooted prejudices must be set aside.

Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

June 2012

This book originated in a conference on "Liberation Technology in Authoritarian Regimes" held at Stanford University in Oct.

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...

Authoritarian State Building in the Middle East: From Durability to Revolution

February 2011

What accounts for variation in the durability of authoritarian regimes in the post-colonial Middle East?  This working paper presents a new explanation that underscores how the geopolitical...

Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections

October 2010

Clientelist parties (or political machines) engage in a variety of strategies during elections.

No Picnic: The Dynamics of Culture in the Contemporary Arab World

August 2010

An Abstract All too frequently, students of democracy and democratization view the politics they analyze exclusively through the prism of constitutions, elections, and political actors.

Why Are There No Arab Democracies?

January 2010

(excerpt) During democratization’s “third wave,” democracy ceased being a mostly Western phenomenon and “went global.” When the third wave began in 1974, the world had only about 40 democracies,...

Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies

August 2009

European and American experts systematically compare U.S.

Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (Governance and Limited Statehood)

August 2009

European and American experts systematically compare U.S.

Domestic and International Influences on the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991) and Russia's Initial Transition to Democracy (1993)

March 2009

Before the democracy promotion efforts of Iraq or Afghanistan in the early 21st century, there was the Soviet Union in the late 20th century.

What Iranian leaders really say about doing away with Israel

December 2008

Over the past several years, Iranian leaders--most prominently, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad--have made numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people....

International Actors, Democratization, and the Rule of Law: Anchoring Democracy?

July 2008

Do external factors facilitate or hamper domestic democratic development?

The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

January 2008

In his new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books 2008), Larry Diamond intensely scrutinizes the global effort on democracy promotion....

Morocco's Elections: The Limits of Limited Reforms

January 2008

Morocco's experience suggests that expanded political liberty, especially freedom of association, can facilitate the emergence of multiple versions of political Islam, reducing the salience of a...

International Law, Fifth Edition

July 2007

Thoroughly updated to keep pace with the many new developments in international law, the Fifth Edition of this popular casebook covers the core topics, basic doctrines, and a broad range of foreign...

Third Way, A: normalizing relations will help both sides

May 2007

Recent developments in Iran have convinced advocates of both softer arms-control approaches and more hard-line regime-change strategies that their analyses are correct and their policy...

People

Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jessie Brunner Research Assistant, PHR
Seth Krummrich Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Hesham Sallam Research Associate, CDDRL
Sarina Beges-Thysen Associate Director, CDDRL
Kharis Templeman Academic Research & Program Manager, Democracy in Taiwan