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.
Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Conducts policy-relevant research related to effective governance in the United States.
Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Examines the different social and political dynamics within Arab countries and the evolution of their political systems.
Deliberative Democracy Lab
Devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®.
Democratic Fragility and Conflict
Researching the causes of democratic fragility and conflict and what we can do to build peaceful inclusive societies.
Program on Identity, Democracy, and Justice
Thinking about identity and democracy in service of a more equitable and just world.
Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
Conducts interdisciplinary research on infrastructure public policy, investment, and governance.
Stanford Democracy Hub
Advancing democracy through our collective teaching, research, and engagement.
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.Our Researchers
Browse cutting-edge scholarship on the themes of global, political, and economic development.Our Publications