The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective conducts policy-relevant research related to effective governance in the United States.

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective was inaugurated in 2013 within Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. It aims to investigate problems with American democracy, including polarization and gridlock, poor governance, and declining trust in government institutions. It also analyzes policy initiatives and institutional reforms that have the greatest potential to address those features of American democracy that are most impairing its performance. An important and distinctive feature of the Program on American Democracy’s work is to study American problems in comparative perspective, with particular attention to the structure and functioning of other established democracies.

People

fsi_bio

Francis Fukuyama

Principal Investigator
close
fsi_bio

Francis Fukuyama

Principal Investigator
FSI Senior Fellow, CDDRL Director, MIP Director
Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), the Director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).
fsi_bio

Larry Diamond

Investigator
close
fsi_bio

Larry Diamond

Investigator
FSI Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy.
fsi_bio

Stephen J. Stedman

Investigator
close
fsi_bio

Stephen J. Stedman

Investigator
FSI Senior Fellow and CDDRL Deputy Director
Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University.
fsi_bio

Bruce E. Cain

Investigator
close
fsi_bio

Bruce E. Cain

Investigator
Charles Louis Ducommun Professor, Humanities and Sciences Director, Bill Lane Center for the American West
Bruce E. Cain is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. His areas of expertise include political regulation, applied democratic theory, representation and state politics.
fsi_bio

Nathaniel Persily

Investigator
close
fsi_bio

Nathaniel Persily

Investigator
James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Cyber Policy Center Co-Director
Professor o Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Lad School, where he has taught since 2013, and is a nationally recognized scholor of consititutional law, election law, and the democractic process.
fsi_bio

Didi Kuo

Program Manager
close
fsi_bio

Didi Kuo

Program Manager
Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director for Research
Didi Kuo is the Associate Director for Research and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. She is a scholar of comparative politics, with a focus on democratization, corruption and clientelism, political parties and institutions, and political reform.