Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Mis-governing education: Sou​th Africa's education bureaucracy

May 30, 2019

Abstract:Across the world, access to education has increased, but quality remains low.

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

May 23, 2019

Abstract:Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule.

Memory and Forgetting in Autocracies

May 16, 2019

Abstract: How do memory and forgetting shape politics in autocracies?

Cosmopolitanism and the Crisis of Social Identity

May 9, 2019

Abstract:The recent surge in nationalism and tribalism brings renewed salience to questions of identity within and across borders.

Social Voting in Semi-Authoritarian Systems

May 7, 2019

Abstract:In dominant-party states, why do individuals vote in elections with foregone conclusions when they are neither bought nor coerced?

Can Nationalism Be A Resource for Democracy? Lessons From Asia

May 2, 2019

Abstract: Inequality has long been widely and rightly seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy.

The Polarization of Nationalist Cleavages and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

April 25, 2019

Abstract:Using survey data from a variety of sources, I examine how multiple conceptions of American nationhood shaped respondents’ voting preferences in the 2016 U.S.

Venezuela's Crisis: Chávez, Maduro and Beyond?

April 18, 2019

Abstract:Venezuela finds itself mired in an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

What Do Politicians Want?

April 11, 2019

Abstract:This talk develops a framework to analyze how strategic politicians make tradeoffs and prioritize among six objectives (winning and staying in office, “good policy”, institutional power,...

Why Are Some Democracies So Violent? (And How Can They Recover?)

April 4, 2019

Abstract:The most violent places in the world today are not at war.

The Populist Citizen

March 14, 2019

Abstract:To what extent do European citizens have a populist view of politics? Under what conditions are these populist attitudes more prevalent?

Reelection, Political Selection, and Economic Development

March 7, 2019

Abstract: We assemble novel data from approximately 120 countries around the world on recent reelection rates of legislators to the national lower house of representatives.

Not Always Stand Divided: Islamists and Secular Rivals in Tunisia

February 21, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Why were Islamists less polarizing in Tunisia than their counterparts in Egypt after the downfall of the autocratic...

Dissident Resilience to Repression: The Case of Pinochet's Chile

February 14, 2019

Abstract:Why do some dissident groups survive government repression while others get eliminated?

The Oppressive regime in Russia. Moral dilemmas and Lack of Liberal Leadership

February 11, 2019

Abstract:Russia has evolved into an autocracy under Putin's 18-year long rule.

Coping with Polarizing-cum-Transforming Politics and Democratic Decay

February 7, 2019

 This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Severe polarization is a global threat that has detrimental effects on democracy and well-being.

Lean Impact: Innovation to Accelerate Global Development

January 31, 2019

Abstract:Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted, it's already clear we will fall short on our current trajectory.

Defending Free Assembly in the Digital World: A Roundtable with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association

January 28, 2019

Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice, UC...

Myth-making as Nation-building in Contemporary Russia

January 24, 2019

Abstract:Ever since the Millennium Message, Putin's first presidential speech on January 1, 2000, the Kremlin's political architects have cultivated a narrative of Russia as a unique nation on a...

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2019

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February...

Democracy and Financial Crisis

January 17, 2019

Abstract:Existing scholarship attributes various political and economic advantages to democratic governance. These advantages may make more democratic countries prone to financial crises.

Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

January 16, 2019

Join members from the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age for a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Frank Fukuyama, Director of the Center on Democracy,...

What Do Donors Want?

January 10, 2019

Abstract:Influential theories indicate concern that campaign donors exert outsized political influence.

Domination and Resistance: The State and University in Post-Revolutionary Iran

December 6, 2018

Abstract:The Islamization of universities has been the cornerstone of the Iranian regime’s higher educational policy since its ascent to power in 1979.

People

Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Debra Satz Professor, Philosophy