Center on Democracy, Development and 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.
What We Do
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.
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.
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
November 30, 2021
November 11, 2021
Together For Our Planet: Americans are More Aligned on Taking Action on Climate Change than Expected
November 3, 2021
November 1, 2021
Wed Dec 8
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Hybrid event: Online via Zoom, and in-person in Bechtel Conference Center
Tue Jan 11
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online, via Zoom.
Fri Jan 21
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Encina Ground Floor Conference Room E008, Encina Hall, Ground Floor, East Wing
Books and Publications by Our Faculty
Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy M. Weinstein
How to Make Love to a Despot
Stephen D. Krasner
Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy
State of Repression
Political Logic of Poverty Relief
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Beatriz Magaloni, and Federico Estévez
Democracy World Podcast
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