Democracy

Scholarly Publications

Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy across Subfields

September 2019

Is America in a period of democratic decline?

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...

Electoral Systems and Polarization

October 2015

In an article in "The American Interest", Larry Diamond advocates electoral system reforms, including top-two and ranked-choice voting, as a potential antidote to partisan polarization.

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.

News

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...

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.

Diamond on ending the Presidential-Debate duopoly

May 2015

In a recent article in The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues that third-party candidate participation in presidential debates is an essential next-step for democracy in the U.S.

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.

Election 2016: Recapping the Presidential Race

October 10, 2016

**We are no longer accepting RSVPs. This event is at capacity. Please join us via Facebook Live.** The Presidential Election of 2016 has been unlike any in modern American history.

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

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