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Policy Analysis

Scholarly Publications

Transparency and Governance

October 2015

Bruce Cain argues in "The American Interest" that greater transparency can undermine good governance by allowing undue influence of discrete interests and by creating inefficiencies.

Solutions to Political Polarization in America

April 2015

According to many commentators, political polarization is at an all-time high in American politics.

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.

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

Events

Conference on Democracy and its Discontents

October 9, 2015

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective is holding a conference on Democracy and its Discontents on October 8-10 in Budapest, Hungary.

Lobbying and Campaign Finance

November 14, 2014

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

*Change of Speaker* Geography and Gridlock in the United States

November 21, 2013

Speaker bio: Jonathan Rodden is a professor in the political science department at Stanford who works on the comparative political economy of institutions.

People

Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution