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Why Government Fails So Often, and How It Can Do Better

April 17, 2014

Abstract: Professor Schuck's new book first identifies the endemic  ineffectiveness of much federal domestic policy as a major cause of public disaffection with Washington.  This disaffection has...

*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.

Contrasts Across the Strait: International Human Rights Norms in Taiwan and China

October 4, 2013

Abstract: In less than three decades, Taiwan has transformed from a repressive, authoritarian state into a vibrant democracy.

Electoral Integrity, Violence and Vote-Buying

April 12, 2013

This two day workshop will bring together scholars whose research actively engages problems of electoral irregularities.  Irregularities range from high levels of pre-election violence to electoral...

Film Screening -- Without A Fight

April 12, 2013

Without a Fight is a feature length documentary film that explores how soccer can facilitate social change in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums.

Right to Information and Transparency in the Digital Age: Policy, Tools and Practices

March 11, 2013

Conference on various aspects of how technology can empower right to information movements and what should be done to harness this potential.

Democracy and Discontent in Sri Lanka

March 7, 2013

Abstract: The sanguinary Sri Lankan civil war was brought to a close in May 2009.

ICC Speaker Series- Cherif Bassiouni

January 30, 2013

The Program on Human Rights will host the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Speaker Series, a weekly series featuring presentations by leading scholars, activists and experts on the...

Old Regime Conservative Parties and their Surprising Contributions to Democratization: Lessons from the Historical Rise of Democracy in Europe

January 17, 2013

Abstract: Political parties that represent old regime interests in moments of democratization are normally thought exclusively to play a "negative" role, blocking democracy and only conceding it...

India's Multiple Revolutions

February 9, 2012

Abstract:  India has been in the throes of four major transformations since the 1980s.

Colonialism, Collaboration, and Criminality: How Europe and East Asia Confront the Memory and Legacy of World War II

June 16, 2011

Even though the last of the remaining aged survivors of the Second World War who fought and suffered through its horrors are now dying out, interpretations of what happened remain politically and...

Evolution, Cognition and Explaining Institutional Change

April 15, 2011

Dr. Farrell earned a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 2000. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Politics from University College Dublin.

Is Ethical Consumerism a Form of Vigilante Justice?

March 11, 2011

Ethical consumerism has been around for a long time—during the revolution, many Americans protested against the Stamp Act of 1756 by refusing to buy tea and other Brit- ish goods.

Sanela Diana Jenkins HR Series : Reparations, Restitution, and Transitional Justice

March 9, 2011

Larry May is a political philosopher who has written on conceptual issues in collective and shared responsibility, as well as normative issues in international criminal law.

Nothing Short of A Revolution: Women's Movements Might Just Liberate Us All!

February 17, 2011

Kavita Ramdas is an inspirational and mindful leader, an advocate for human rights, open and civil societies, and a respected advisor and commentator on issues of social entrepreneurship,...

Can ICT Improve Clean Water Delivery Systems in Slums? Lessons from Kibera

February 11, 2011

Water is scarce, costly, and contaminated in Kibera, Nairobi -- one of Africa's largest urban slums.

Transforming Politics via Delegation to International Courts

January 19, 2011

Karen Alter's current research investigates how the proliferation of international legal mechanisms is changing international relations.  Her book in progress, The New Terrain of International Law:...

Sanela Diana Jenkins HR Series : The Evolving Transnational Legal Order

January 19, 2011

Karen Alter's current research investigates how the proliferation of international legal mechanisms is changing international relations.  Her book in progress, The New Terrain of International Law:...

You Vote, We Decide! Analyzing the 2010 Iraqi Elections and the Ensuing Political Process

October 7, 2010

Abbas Kadhim is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.  He also holds a Visiting Scholar status at Stanford University since...

The FCC's Open Internet Proceeding - Implications for Political Speech

February 5, 2010

Who should decide how users can use the Internet? users or network providers? Should network providers be allowed to block certain applications or content on their networks?

Immigrant Identity in a Cosmopolitan World

January 8, 2010

Dr. von Vacano’s teaching and research interests are in political philosophy and the history of political thought.

Pluralism and Global Justice

December 4, 2009

Cristina Lafont is presently a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt .

Evaluating International Influences on Democratic Transitions: A Cross-National, Longitudinal Approach

May 26, 2009

Before coming to CDDRL, Miriam Abu Sharkh was employed at the United Nation's specialized agency for work, the International Labour Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Changes in Taiwan's Cigarette Market After the US Forced It Open

April 23, 2009

The stated purpose of the Trade Act of 1974 was to promote free trade. Section 301 authorized the U.S.


krasner Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution