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Recent Scholarly Publications

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Do Fair Elections Increase the Responsiveness of Politicians?

January 2018

AbstractI leverage novel experimental designs and 2, 160 months of Members of Parliaments’ (MPs’) Constituency Development Fund spending to test whether fair elections promote democratic...

Iran’s 2017 Election: The Opposition Inches Forward

October 2017

Abbas Milani argues how the 19 May 2017 presidential election offers a window into the painful predicament of a democracy-minded society—demographically young, globally inclined, and social-media...

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

December 2015

At the end of Chen Shui-bian’s two terms as the president of Taiwan, his tenure was widely viewed as a disappointment, if not an outright failure.

The Aborigine Constituencies in the Taiwanese Legislature

November 2015

The Republic of China on Taiwan has long reserved legislative seats for its indigenous minority, the yuanzhumin.

Regulating Campaigns Online

October 2015

In "The American Interest", Nate Persily discusses the challenge of applying current regulatory frameworks to the world of online campaigns and digital technology.

Electoral Integrity in the United States

October 2015

Stephen Stedman argues in 'The American Interest" that efforts to improve American electoral integrity through reforms such as non-partisan election administration can protect the vote and restore...

Polarization and Partisanship

October 2015

In an article in the American Interest, Didi Kuo argues that understanding the causes of polarization -- whether rooted in a polarized electorate, or rooted in the ideological extremism of campaign...

Electoral Systems and Polarization

October 2015

In an article in "The American Interest", Larry Diamond advocates electoral system reforms, including top-two and ranked-choice voting, as a potential antidote to partisan polarization.

Do Politicians' Relatives Get Better Jobs? Evidence from Municipal Elections [May 2015]

May 2015

We estimate the impacts of being connected to politicians on occupational choice.

Voting and Peer Effects: Experimental Evidence from Mozambique [Jan. 2015]

April 2015

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

Solutions to Political Polarization in America

April 2015

According to many commentators, political polarization is at an all-time high in American politics.

Democracy More or Less: America's Political Reform Quandary

December 2014

Why do American political reform efforts so often fail to solve the problems they intend to fix? In this book, Bruce E.

Democracy and Economic Growth: Some Regularities

July 2013

Abstract: The paper summarizes and evaluates our current understanding of relations between democracy and economic growth and analyzes the mechanisms of the causality from democracy to growth....

Social Fragmentation, Public Goods and Elections: Evidence from China

April 2013

This study examines the influence of voter heterogeneity, measured as religious fractionalization, on how the introduction of elections affects public goods in rural China.

Internal Government Assessments of the Quality of Governance in China

April 2013

Authoritarian governments produce internal assessments of the quality of governance that allow them to identify and address brewing problems before they threaten regime stability.

Governing Security: The Hidden Origins of American Security Agencies

November 2012

Description from Stanford University Press:The impact of public law depends on how politicians secure control of public organizations, and how these organizations in turn are used to define...

Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

June 2012

This book originated in a conference on "Liberation Technology in Authoritarian Regimes" held at Stanford University in Oct.

Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections

October 2010

Clientelist parties (or political machines) engage in a variety of strategies during elections.

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.

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.

Azerbaijan's 2005 Parliamentary Elections: A Failed Attempt at Transition

September 2008

The 2005 elections in Azerbaijan qualify as a failed transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

Evaluating International Influences on Democratic Development: Poland 1980-1989

July 2008

The case of Poland in the 1980s is an example of a successful democratic breakthrough with the endpoint defined, for the purposes of this paper, as the election of Tadeusz Mazowiecki­a Catholic...

If At First You Don't Succeed: The Puzzle of South Korea's Democratic Transition

July 2008

In October 1979, the conditions were ripe for a transition to democracy in South Korea, also known as the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

June 2008

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future?

People

Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jerry Kaplan Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
David Brady Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication
Jan Rydzak Research Scholar, CDDRL Research Scholar and Associate Director for Program, GDPi