International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Political Order and One-Party Rule

December 2010

No Picnic: The Dynamics of Culture in the Contemporary Arab World

August 2010

An Abstract All too frequently, students of democracy and democratization view the politics they analyze exclusively through the prism of constitutions, elections, and political actors.

Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World

December 2009

This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to examine in depth three waves of democratic change that took place in eleven...

Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should and How We Can

November 2009

After eight years of President Bush's trumpeting the virtues of promoting freedom and democracy abroad but achieving limited results, many Americans have grown suspicious of democratic development...

Democratic Governance and the Performance of Democracy

November 2009

The battle for accountability and good governance-and thus sustainable democracy and development-will not be won by foreign actors or pressures.

Contract Enforcement and Firm Organization: Evidence from the Indian Textile Industry

October 2009

Using new field-level and international survey evidence we highlight one channel via which weak legal institutions may lower Indian productivity and growth.

Development and Practice of Arbitration in India --Has It Evolved as an Effective Legal Institution?

October 2009

The significant increase in the role of international trade in the economic development of nations over the last few decades has been accompanied by a considerable increase in the number of...

The Role of Legal Process in the Redesign of Indian Government-Business Relations

October 2009

The institutional context of economic activity in India has undergone tremendous change in the past 15 years.

Aiding Latin America's Poor

October 2009

(excerpt) Social policy in Latin America has traditionally failed to benefit the poor.

Political Liberalization in the Persian Gulf

September 2009

The countries of the Persian (or Arab) Gulf produce about thirty percent of the planet's oil and keep around fifty-five percent of its reserves underground.

Gurgaon and Faridabad - An Exercise in Contrasts

September 2009

There is a general sense that the legal system in India is inefficient.

Distribution of Highways Public Private Partnerships in India: Key Legal and Economic Determinants

September 2009

Private sector participation and private investment have become the mainstay of the Government of India's policy toward infrastructural development.

World Society: The Writings of John W. Meyer

July 2009

A book by John W. Meyer and about John W. Meyer, reviewing four decades of scholarship and current work. Georg Krucken and Gili S.

Crime, War and Global Trafficking: Designing International Cooperation

July 2009

Globalization creates lucrative opportunities for traffickers of drugs, dirty money, blood diamonds, weapons, and other contraband.

Youth Movements in Post-Communist Societies: A Model of Nonviolent Resistance

June 2009

Over the past decade, the rise of youth movements applying nonviolent methods of resistance against autocratic incumbents occurred in the post-Soviet region.

Can Development Aid Contribute to Social Cohesion after Civil War? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Post-Conflict Liberia

May 2009

Civil war is very common in the developing world, with harmful welfare effects when it occurs.

Do Migrants Improve Their Hometowns? Remittances and Access to Public Services in Mexico, 1995-2000

April 2009

How do citizens in developing countries access public services?

Evaluating External Influence on Democratic Development: Transition

March 2009

Just as political comparativists have tended to screen out international factors, international relations theorists and international lawyers concentrate on international outcomes and have been...

India's Intellectual Property Regime: A Counterbalance to Market Liberalization?

February 2009

The impact of intellectual property laws on national economic development is complex and poorly understood.

Land Rights without Laws: Understanding Property Rights Institutions, Growth, and Development in Rural India

February 2009

Theorists of new institutional economics are often accused of treating formal property rights institutions as a silver bullet for solving problems of economic growth, political development, and...

Law Enforcement and Stock Market Development: Evidence from India

January 2009

Corporate governance reform is a global phenomenon sweeping through the US, Europe, China, Korea, India, Latin America and many other places.

The Effects of Employment Protection Legislation on Indian Manufacturing

January 2009

This paper summarizes and extends my earlier critique (Bhattacharjea, 2006) of the empirical literature on labour regulation and industrial performance in India.

What It Takes to Be Satisfied at Work: Health, Voice and Work Satisfaction in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile

January 2009

Using People's Security data from three countries, Argentina, Brazil and Chile, the article examines which objective and subjective work place factors increase work satisfaction.

People

Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
Jessie Brunner Research Assistant, PHR
Laura Jakli Predoctoral Fellow, CDDRL, Predoctoral Fellow, Program on Democracy and the Internet
Lauren Weitzman Program Manager, CDDRL
Stephanie Gimenez Stahlberg Research Assistant, CDDRL
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