CENTER ON DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND THE RULE OF LAW

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law bridges the worlds of scholarship, policy and practice to understand and advance the conditions for just, democratic, and sustainable development around the world.

Overwriting History: Future Of Global Governance & Net States

Overwriting History: Future Of Global Governance & Net States

CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama addressing The World Governance Summit, Dubai 2018

Who We Are

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is an interdisciplinary center for research on development in all of its dimensions:  political, economic, social, and legal, and the ways in which these different dimensions interact with one another. We seek to understand how countries can overcome poverty, instability, and abusive rule to become prosperous, just, democratic, and well-governed societies.  We also want to analyze the ways in which democracy and development can be threatened by the authoritarian resurgence, technology, populism, and the broader process of globalization. 

 

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Digital Technology, Diplomacy, and Democratic Values

Digital Technology, Diplomacy, and Democratic Values

Taiwan’s Three Challenges Ahead: The Economy, Cross-Strait Relations, and Democracy

Taiwan’s Three Challenges Ahead: The Economy, Cross-Strait Relations, and Democracy

Kofi Annan in conversation with Francis Fukuyama

Kofi Annan in conversation with Francis Fukuyama

    Research in CDDRL
  • Research in CDDRL
  • American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
  • Arab Reform and Democracy
  • Global digital Policy Incubator
  • Global Populisms
  • Governance
  • Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab
  • Project on Democracy and the Internet

Research in CDDRL

CDDRL is home to a dynamic interdisciplinary research community of innovative and distinguished faculty members and scholars from around the world. The Center's research agenda is comprised of seven core programs that explore some of the most intractable problems and most exciting innovations in the study of development and democracy. Their work spans the globe and bridges the divide between academic research and policy analysis, forging partnerships not only with other research centers but also with international development agencies, governments and civil society organizations in numerous countries.

American Democracy in Comparative Perspective

The Program on American Democracy seeks to understand problems such as ineffective governance, gridlock and polarization, and declining trust in institutions in the United States in comparative perspective, with particular attention to the structure and functioning of other established democracies.

Arab Reform and Democracy

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University examines the different social and political dynamics within Arab countries and the evolution of their political systems, focusing on the prospects, conditions and possible pathways for democratic reform in the region.

Global digital Policy Incubator

The mission of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford’s Center for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law is to inspire policy and governance innovations that reinforce democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. Its purpose is to serve as a collaboration hub for the development of norms, guidelines, and laws that enhance freedom, security, and trust in the global digital ecosystem.

Global Populisms

Global Populisms project examines the global surge in populist movements and what it means for established democratic rules and institutions.

Governance

The Governance Project seeks to better conceptualize and measure governance. Initially, we are trying to understand how it functions in two societies ­­— the Peoples Republic of China and the United States but also expanding to additional countries. Led by FSI senior fellow and Mosbacher Director of CDDRL Francis Fukuyama, the project begins with the premise that governance is a characteristic of modern polities concerning the delivery of public services that is different from either democratic institutions or the rule of law.

Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab

Established in 2010 and led by Professor Beatriz Magaloni, the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab is dedicated to the study of the causes and consequences of criminal violence in the developing world and to the design and evaluation of interventions that reduce crime and improve security in areas of weak governance. With a focus on Latin America, where more than 30% of the world's homicides occur, our Lab uses the most advanced analytical tools in the social sciences to understand what works and what doesn’t to control violence, improve the performance and accountability of security institutions and the police, reduce human rights violations, and provide opportunities for at-risk youth.

Project on Democracy and the Internet

The Project on Democracy and the Internet seeks to promote research, convenings, and courses that engage with the new challenges technologies pose to democracy in the digital age. The Principal investigators for this project are Nate Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, and Francis Fukuyama, Mosbacher Director of the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute. The project is supported by the Knight Foundation. 

Leadership Programs

CDDRL's practitioner-based training programs engage emerging civic leaders and social entrepreneurs who are working to achieve or deepen democracy and social justice in some of the most challenging environments around the world.

Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program

A three-week executive education program.

Leadership Academy for Development (LAD)

Training government officials and business leaders from developing countries

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

A 10-month academic training fellowship for mid-career practitioners from Ukraine.

Teaching and Fellowships

CDDRL welcomes undergrad and graduate students, as well as post-docs in two major programs: CDDRL Honors Program and Pre and Post Doctoral Fellowship Program

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

CDDRL Interdisciplinary Honors Program for upper-level undergraduate students.

CDDRL Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Graduate students program focusing on democracy, development, evaluating the efficacy of democracy promotion, and rule of law.

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