The Center's research agenda is comprised of programs that explore some of the most intractable problems and most exciting innovations in the study of development and democracy.


Part of CDDRL's mission is to understand how countries can overcome poverty, instability, and abusive rule to become prosperous, just, democratic, and well-governed states. This concern for the overall trajectory of national development—and for the intricate links among the economic, political, legal, social, and health dimensions of development—sets CDDRL apart from other research centers.


CDDRL is a multi-disciplinary center, and our faculty, researchers, and affiliates hail from across the University the fields of law, philosophy, history, political science, economics, medicine, business, and computer science.


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