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Scholarly Publications

Has The Top Two Primary Elected More Moderates?

June 2016

AbstractThe Top Two primary is one of the most interesting and closely-watched political reforms in the United States in recent years.  This radically open primary system removes much of the formal...

Electoral Integrity in the United States

October 2015

Stephen Stedman argues in 'The American Interest" that efforts to improve American electoral integrity through reforms such as non-partisan election administration can protect the vote and restore...

Polarization and Partisanship

October 2015

In an article in the American Interest, Didi Kuo argues that understanding the causes of polarization -- whether rooted in a polarized electorate, or rooted in the ideological extremism of campaign...

Other Publications

Conference Report: Lobbying and Campaign Finance [November 2014]

April 2015

On November 14-15, the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective hosted a conference on Lobbying and Campaign Finance.

Conference Report: Electoral Systems Reform in the U.S. [Mar. 2014]

January 2015

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective hosted a workshop on electoral systems on March 14-15, 2014.

Conference Report: Comparative Budget Policy: Lessons for Reform in the United States [May 2014]

October 2014

On May 8-9, 2014, the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective at Stanford University hosted a workshop on comparative budget policy.

News

Nate Persily on Trends in Polarization

August 2016

As part of Stanford Worldview's Wide Angle: Election 2016 Project, Nate Persily of Stanford Law School recently described how the 2016 election highlights changing trends in polarization and...

Stanford Conference examines Congressional budget policy

October 2015

While John Boehner was able to avoid a government shutdown this month, his successor as Speaker of the House will face another potential shutdown in December over budgetary matters.

Fixing American Democracy

October 2015

Scholars with the American Democracy in Comparative Perspective Program at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law published a series of articles in the latest edition of...

Events

Parties, Representation, and Governance in the 21st Century

October 22, 2018

Has the age of party democracy passed?

#Republic: Divided Democracy in an Age of Social Media

February 13, 2017

As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy.

The Paranoïd Style in French Politics: The Fifth Republic under Siege

October 31, 2016

Abstract:On the eve of primaries on the Right in November and for the Socialist Party in January, the French presidential campaign for the April/May 2017 elections is now in full swing.

Projects

American Democracy Conferences

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective hosts conferences on issues of critical importance to democracy and effective governance.
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American Democracy Events

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective hosts diverse events, including workshops and seminars, to engage the scholarly community in specific aspects of American governance....
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Multimedia

A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective

May 2015

AbstractAmerican democracy differs greatly from other democracies around the world.  But is the American way more or less efficacious than comparable democracies in Asia, Latin America, or Europe?  What if the United States had a prime minister...

The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis

February 2015

Talk DescriptionFormer Congressmen Tom Davis and Martin Frost present the keys to fixing a broken Congress in this talk on their new book, The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis, a powerful and important new work by two former congressional...

Blueprint for Bipartisanship: A Conversation with Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet

November 2014

On Tuesday, November 11, CDDRL welcomed former Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

People

Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective