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Modes of Governance in the Chinese Bureaucracy: A 'Control Rights' Theory

February 19, 2013

Abstract: The Chinese bureaucracy presents a set of anomalies that need to be explained: In the presence of a strong central authority, why do we observe widespread collusive behaviors at the local...

Information Session - CDDRL Senior Honors Program 2013

February 4, 2013

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February 25, 2013 who are interested in writing their senior thesis on...

The World Bank and IFC's Doing Business Project: A Template for Promoting Economic Reforms?

January 31, 2013

Abstract: The World Bank and IFC's Doing Business project has used indicators capturing important dimensions of the business environment to catalyze reforms in a large number of countries.

ICC Speaker Series- Jim Fearon

January 23, 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...

The International Criminal Court: The Next Decade

January 9, 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...

From Planned Economy to Market Economy: Taiwan's Economic Transformation

November 16, 2012

Abstract: This talk will unveil the story of Taiwan’s economic transformation between 1949 and 1960, as Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalist leaders turned away from a command economy to build a...

Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest

November 15, 2012

Abstract: Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its engagement with neighboring regions, especially with the Middle East.

Reaping the Dividends of M-PESA: Mobile Money and its Applications in East Africa

November 9, 2012

Tavneet Suri is a development economist, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Broadly, she studies the evolution of markets and various market failures in these economies.

Voting and Peer Effects: Experimental Evidence from Mozambique

June 14, 2012

Abstract: Voter education campaigns often aim to increase voter participation and political accountability.

The Tortuous Trajectories of Democracy and the Persistence of Authoritarianism in Africa

June 7, 2012

Abstract:   The "spirit of democracy" has recently been undermined in several African countries as authoritarian methods have been the preferred approach.

Conceptualizing and Measuring the Rule of Law

May 24, 2012

Abstract: We present a new framework for conceptualizing and assessing the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

Public Goods Provision and the Efficacy of Governance

May 18, 2012

On May 18-19, the Program on Poverty and Governance and the Center for Latin American Studies will host a two-day conference on the provision of public goods and good governance throughout the...

Choosing and Using Measures of Governance

May 9, 2012

Abstract:   The vexing problem of measuring the quality of government has parallels in many applied sciences.

Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

May 8, 2012

The Program on Human Rights and the Center for Latin American Studies are pleased to host the Conference "Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America".

The Spillover Effect of National Health Insurance on Household Consumption Patterns in Taiwan

May 3, 2012

One of the major aims of implementing a national health insurance program in Taiwan in 1995 was to provide financial risk protection to the country's 23 million citizens.

Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World

April 26, 2012

The third ARD annual conference examineي the challenges, key issues, and ways forward for social and economic development in the Arab world during this period of democratic transition.  Day One -...

Democratic Transitions and Development in Africa: Beyond Prebendalist Systems

April 25, 2012

 Abstract: Systemic corruption undermines state capacity, imperils socio-economic development, and diminishes democracy. In his Nairobi speech as a U.S.

Politics and Governance

April 9, 2012

Abstract:   Most measures of governance appear to focus on the situation of the average citizen, operating under the implicit assumption that societies offer the same level of governance to all...

The 2012 Chief Executive Election: A Turning Point in Hong Kong's Democratization?

April 5, 2012

Speaker Bio: Professor James T.H. Tang is Dean and Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU).

Politics, Economics and Civil Society in the New Tunisia

April 4, 2012

In this brown bag seminar, Lotfi Maktouf, president and founder of Almadanya, a Tunisian NGO formed after the Tunisian revolution to empower people through a series of development and cultural...

Tavneet Suri- Liberation Technology Seminar Series

March 22, 2012

Tavneet Suri is a development economist, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Broadly, she studies the evolution of markets and various market failures in these economies.

Implementing a Biometric Payment System:The Andhra Pradesh Experience

March 15, 2012

Abstract:The Government of India is embarking on an ambitious program to provide all residents with a biometric unique ID (UID) to improve beneficiary experiences in public programs.

Aiding Conflict: The Impact of U.S. Food Aid on Civil War

March 2, 2012

Abstract: Nunn's paper examines the effect of U.S. food aid on conflict in recipient countries.

Calling for Help: Using Big Data to Understand the Implications of the “Mobile Phone Revolution”

March 2, 2012

AbstractWill mobile phones transform the lives of the world’s poor?  In this talk, I describe how innovative sources of data can provide new insight into the social and economic impacts of Mobile...