Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

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CENTER ON DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND THE RULE OF LAW

Bridging the worlds of scholarship and practice to understand and foster the conditions for effective representative governance, promote balanced and sustainable economic growth, and establish the rule of law.

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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What We Do

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Research

The Center's research agenda is comprised of programs that explore some of the most intractable problems and most exciting innovations in the study of development and democracy.

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Education

We welcome undergrad and graduate students, as well as post-docs in two major programs: the Fisher Family Undergraduate Honors Program and Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.

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Training

Our 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.

News & Events

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Events

Tue Dec 6
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Local Leaders, Dispute Arbitration, & Violence in Nigeria

Virtual to Public. Only those with an active Stanford ID with access to E008 in Encina Hall may attend in person.
Tue Jan 10
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Classless Politics: Islamist Movements, the Left, and Authoritarian Legacies in Egypt

Virtual to Public. Only those with an active Stanford ID with access to E008 in Encina Hall may attend in person.
Tue Jan 17
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Urbanization, City Size, and Public Services

Virtual to Public. Only those with an active Stanford ID with access to E008 in Encina Hall may attend in person.
Wed Jan 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program Information Session AY 23-24

Encina Ground Floor Conference Room E008, Encina Hall, Ground Floor, East Wing
American Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections

American Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections

Robert G. Wesson Lecture: Facing Autocracy, a Global Challenge

Robert G. Wesson Lecture: Facing Autocracy, a Global Challenge

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: What it Means and Why You Should Care

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: What it Means and Why You Should Care