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Islam, Trade and City Growth before the 19th Century

December 7, 2017

Abstract:In the year 1200, many of the largest cities in Western Europe were inhabited by just tens of thousands of individuals while Middle Eastern and Central Asia cities had upwards to 100,000...

Fake News in the 2016 Election

November 30, 2017

Abstract:The factually dubious for-profit articles known as “fake news” were read and shared by millions of people during the 2016 U.S.

For Safety or Profits

November 9, 2017

Abstract:This paper provides evidence that innovative multinational firms attempt to use health and safety regulations to eliminate cheaper, generic products from the market, even when they...

How Change Happens

November 2, 2017

Abstract:Duncan Green, Oxfam Strategic Adviser and LSE Professor of Practice in International Development, introduces the arguments of his new book, How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016).

The Sovereignty Wars: America and the World

October 12, 2017

Abstract:Few Ideas are as sacred in American politics as sovereignty.

Theories of Development and External State Building

October 5, 2017

Abstract:Modernization theory, institutional capacity, and rational choice institutionalism are the three candidate theories that explain how rich democratic states got to be rich and democratic....

Humanitarian Hypocrisy

September 28, 2017

Abstract:Although peace operations are the main policy instrument for directly protecting civilians from severe violence, only a few are designed to reflect threatened civilians’ security needs.

The Existential Threat of Big Tech

September 26, 2017

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.  Abstract: Over the past decades, there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information.

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 1, 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

CDDRL Seminar Featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 25, 2017

 Two CDDRL honor students will present their theses at this week's CDDRL Research Seminar on Thursday, May 25, from 12-1:30. Whitney McIntosh's thesis, "France and the Internationalization of...

Social Movements and the Networked Public Sphere: The Complexities of Empowerment and Fragility

May 18, 2017

Speaker Bio:Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology.

How Accountable?: Assessing Developments in Accountability at Multilateral Development Banks

May 11, 2017

Abstract:Within the last fifteen years, nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) have established internal accountability offices (IAOs).  These IAOs, the most well-known of which is the World...

Can Cash Boost Governance in Poor Countries?

May 8, 2017

Abstract:One policy option for countries reliant on natural resources is to share part of the revenues directly with citizens, an idea known as oil to cash.

Cultivating the Appearance of Neutrality: Autocratic Propaganda in Africa and Asia

May 4, 2017

Abstract: How do autocrats manipulate the beliefs of their citizens during political crises?

Planning for the Occupation of Japan (Event cancelled)

April 27, 2017

Abstract:The Allied occupation of Japan is remembered as the "good occupation." An American-led coalition successfully turned a militaristic enemy into a stable and democratic ally.

Civil Wars and the Post-Cold War International Order

April 27, 2017

Abstract:By the standards of prosperity and peace, the post-Cold War international order has been  an unparalleled success.

State Building in the City: The Effects of Public Security and Services on Crime, Violence and State Legitimacy

April 14, 2017

Abstract:Colombia’s government set out to reduce crime and violence and increase state legitimacy by raising state presence on the streets of Bogotá, either doubling police patrol time or...

Shameful Preferences and the Legitimization of Europe’s Far Right

April 13, 2017

Abstract:As the number of migrants in Europe has risen in recent years, far right parties have fuelled voters’ fears concerning what the influx will mean for their nations.

The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s War on Drugs

April 6, 2017

Abstract:This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

Whither Parties?

March 2, 2017

Abstract:Scholars of comparative politics have long examined political parties as organized vehicles of mass mobilization, interest mediation, and policy formation.

The Art of Authoritarian Control in China

February 23, 2017

Abstract:When villages in China began to introduce local elections in the 1980s it was, for many, a moment of great optimism about the prospects for local democracy in the Peoples' Republic.

The Evolution of Autocracy

February 16, 2017

Abstract:Globalization, shifting great power dynamics, and the growing accessibility of Internet and communication technology has changed the environment within which autocrats operate.

Development and entrepreneurship in Cuba: A talk with the winners of 10x10KCuba

February 8, 2017

Abstract:Join Professor Larry Diamond and the winners of the 10x10K Cuba competition for a talk on the emerging entrepreneurial scene in Cuba.

Global Population Change and Global Disorder

February 6, 2017

Abstract:In Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World, I showed that turning points in global population trends have been driving waves of political stability or crisis for at least the...

People

Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Fellow, S-APARC, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Vanessa Melo Graduate Research Assistant, Poverty and Governance
Dayna Barnes Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Young A. Lee Financial Management Analyst
Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
Gustavo Robles Research Associate, CDDRL
Didi Kuo Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL