Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
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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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Featured Past Events
January 6th and the Crisis of American Democracy
The Historic 2020 Elections
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Welcoming Dr. Clayborne Carson
CDDRL is excited to welcome Dr. Clayborne Carson to the Center
Statement from CDDRL Leadership on the Events of Jan. 6
CDDRL Statement on Building Racially Inclusive Democracies
- Research in CDDRL
- American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
- Arab Reform and Democracy
- Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
- Global Populisms
- Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab
- The World House Project
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 five 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 Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
The Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative is a new research program at CDDRL headed by Michael Bennon. The Program will conduct research on policies to promote infrastructure development around the world, and how they interact with global democracy and politics, paying special attention to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as both an engine of development and an instrument for the projection of Chinese influence globally.
Global Populisms project examines the global surge in populist movements and what it means for established democratic rules and institutions.
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.
The Program on Turkey is a platform for critical analysis and research on politics and society in Turkey. Through research projects, speaker events, and conferences, the Program seeks to provide and facilitate an understanding of the changing internal dynamics and external relations of the country in connection with global and regional developments and highlight potential agents and viable pathways for a democratic and sustainable future.
The World House Project
The World House Project curates audiovisual resources, produces educational materials, and fosters collaboration between social justice organizations to realize Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of a just and nonviolent future.
Books and Publications by Our Faculty
Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program
Leadership Academy for Development (LAD)
Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program
Teaching and Fellowships
Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program
CDDRL Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
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