Democratic Fragility and Conflict

Security preparations for the 2021 presidential inauguration

Democratic Fragility and Conflict

Researching the causes of democratic fragility and conflict and what we can do to build peaceful inclusive societies.

About

Democracies are under threat around the world, with political polarization and conflict within democratic societies seen as a major reason for why. This initiative examines the causes for democratic fragility and conflict and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to finding and testing new potential solutions to these crucial issues.
RESEARCH
  • RESEARCH
  • Selected Publications
  • Working Papers
  • Business Cases
  • Op-eds and Stanford Press Coverage

RESEARCH

Our research seeks to identify new ideas from economics, finance and organizations that we can use to mitigate conflict and political polarization.

A fundamental challenge facing many developing societies is to reduce the central role of violence and its threat in shaping politics and economic under-performance. A common thread of our research is to understand the effectiveness of organizations and innovations that societies have developed to address the problem of violence in the past and to seek new lessons for solving such political economy challenges in contemporary developing societies.

Selected Publications

Working Papers

Newer versions of these working papers may be available: please email Saumitra Jha if you are interested.

Business Cases

Teaching notes for each of these cases are available — please email Saumitra Jha.

Op-eds and Stanford Press Coverage

MEDIA

Investing in Peace

Investing in Peace

Nonviolence: Lessons from India's Independence Struggle

Nonviolence: Lessons from India's Independence Struggle

Trading Stocks Increases Financial Literacy and Compresses the Confidence Gender Gap

Trading Stocks Increases Financial Literacy and Compresses the Confidence Gender Gap

People

Program Manager
 

Saumitra JhaSaumitra Jha is is an associate professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at FSI, and convenes the Stanford Conflict and Polarization Lab. He is also a professor, by courtesy, of the Stanford Departments of Economics and of Political Science, and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Jha's research focuses on understanding the effectiveness of organizations and innovations that societies have developed to address the problems of violence and political risk in the past and to develop new lessons for contemporary policy.

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