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Embracing the Limits of a Liberal Dream

March 2020

 “Accommodate a despotic ruler if you have to,” says Stephen Krasner, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in his forthcoming book How to Make...

Presidential candidates advance by being divisive. We can do better than that.

December 2019

"What if we had a better way to select presidential nominees, one that didn’t reward appeals to the most ideologically committed voters and donors in each party?

An Existential Moment for Democracy?

December 2019

“What saves citizens from the knock on the door in the dead of night, from the risk of being silenced or removed, is a constitution, a robust body of laws, an independent judiciary to enforce them,...

What if There’s a Better Way to Handle Our Democratic Debate?

September 2019

"There’s a better way for the American people to grapple in depth with the issues we face at the start of the primary season.

Are Strong Parties the Answer?

August 2019

"Responsible Parties convincingly shows that across many countries narrow interests can subvert or coopt the policy-making process.

Playing with Fire on Election Security

July 2019

"If one foreign power continues to shred, on an ever-more daring basis, the integrity and inviolability of our electoral process, other foreign powers will draw lessons and follow.

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program 2019-20

May 2019

We are proud to announce our next year's cohort of CDDRL Honors Program students!

R. Kent Weaver joins CDDRL as visiting scholar

January 2019

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is pleased to welcome R.

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and The Politics of Resentment

December 2018

"The way that the economy has developed over the past generation is actually gone contrary to a lot of the existing economic models.

Do we need a new understanding of national identity?

December 2018

CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama says for BBC we need national identities that unite rather than divide us. Watch here.

Democratic Capitalism’s Future

December 2018

"Are democracy and capitalism compatible? Or, to put it differently: What made democracy and capitalism compatible for decades, even centuries, and what strains this relationship today?

Scholars Discuss Growing Evidence of China’s Interference in American Government and Society

December 2018

While Americans may be well acquainted with China’s quest for influence through the projection of power in the diplomatic, economic, and military spheres, they are less aware of the various ways in...

Report cites concerns about Chinese influence on American institutions

December 2018

The following report was originally published by the Hoover Institution.Scholars from the Hoover Institution, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and other organizations today...

Are 'identity politics’ really a threat to democracy?

December 2018

CDDRL Director, Francis Fukuyama talks in an interview for Al Jazeera how identity policy is hurting democracy. Watch here.

Francis Fukuyama on the Root of 'Identity' Politics

December 2018

CDDRL director Francis Fukuyama believes America's increased political polarization can be traced back to a universal desire for recognition.

Stephen Stedman, advocate for undergraduate education, leads Stanford’s Faculty Senate

November 2018

CDDRL Deputy Director Stephen Stedman is named a chair to the Stanford University Faculty Senate. Read more about his work, legacy, and aspirations here. 

A New Age of Reform

November 2018

 "For the first time in American history, a U.S.

American Institutions Are Holding Up—But Are Americans?

September 2018

"The midterm elections in November will be some of the most important in American history.

A Victory For Democratic Reform

June 2018

"In what may be looked back upon as the most important election in the United States in 2018, the voters of Maine rejected political cynicism on Tuesday and preserved ranked-choice voting (RCV) for...

CDDRL's Stephen Stedman receives Stanford’s 2018 Dinkelspiel award

June 2018

CDDRL Deputy Director Stephen J. Stedman received the 2018 Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award For Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education.

Don’t Undermine Democratic Values in the Name of Democracy

December 2017

How NOT to regulate social media: "To say that digital technology has disrupted society is already a cliché.

How to Reverse the Degradation of Our Politics

November 2017

"The United States and its liberal democratic allies must develop a new global strategy to counter the power projection of expansive autocracies and to reboot an international campaign to promote...

Looming Threats to Liberal Democracy

November 2017

In The American Interest podcast host Richard Aldous speaks with Larry Diamond about a potential crisis brewing for liberal democracy. Listen here.

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didi pic Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
lanhee chen 2017 headshot reduced size Lanhee J. Chen Affiliated Faculty David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program
krasner Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Michael Bennon Pic Michael Bennon Research Scholar, CDDRL Program Manager, Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
yff 2013 3281 med Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow Director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Bonica Pic Adam Bonica Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL, Associate Professor, Political Science
tesalia Tesalia Rizzo Research Affiliate, CDDRL