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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Power to the Parents?

March 12, 2020

Abstract:Community-driven development programs that decentralized administrative, fiscal, and political functions have become a popular policy tool to deliver public services.  We study a large...

Can American Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections?

March 5, 2020

Abstract:As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. Four factors increasing the mistrust.

Lunch Seminar Series | Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age: The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

February 25, 2020

Join Stephen Stedman, Nathaniel Persily, the Cyber Policy Center, and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) in an enlightening exploration of the recent report,...

Globalization, International Norms and Capacity Building

February 20, 2020

Abstract:At any given moment there are hundreds of international negotiations being undertaken in numerous institutions and forums, touching upon every legal and social aspect, including cyber,...

The Modernization of Rural East Asia

February 13, 2020

 Abstract:Kristen Looney will be discussing her forthcoming work, Mobilizing for Development: The Modernization of Rural East Asia (Cornell U. Press 2020).

Putin vs. The Internet

February 6, 2020

This event is co-sponsored with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Register: Click here to RSVP Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log...

Resurrecting Compliance in Assessing Law’s Impact on Behavior

February 6, 2020

Abstract:Legal compliance has gotten a bad rap in international relations research.

Justice as Checks and Balances: Indigenous Claims in the Courts of Colonial Mexico

January 30, 2020

Abstract:Why did colonial powers establish courts to address Indigenous grievances?

Incentives for Police Professionalization in Mexico

January 23, 2020

Abstract:In the face of mounting challenges from criminal activity and citizen demands for improved public safety, Mexico has undertaken significant efforts at police reform.

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2020

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

Does Growth Require Market-Enhancing Institutions?

January 16, 2020

Abstract:Scholars and policymakers maintain that economic growth requires strong legal institutions that can ensure competitive markets.

Movement Resilience in Sudan’s Popular Uprising

January 9, 2020

 Abstract:  What explains sustained mobilization — social movement resilience — in the face of severe autocratic repression?

Russian Propaganda about Syria

December 5, 2019

Co-author Renée DiResta Abstract:When protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in 2011, Russia made good on its decades-long alliance with Syria, providing Assad with diplomatic and...

Torture as a method of criminal prosecution: Democratization, Criminal Justice Reform, and the Mexican Drug War

November 21, 2019

Abstract: A criminal trial is likely the most significant interaction a citizen will ever have with the state; its conduct and adherence to norms of fairness bear directly on the quality of...

Comparing Immigration Policies in the US, Canada, and Australia

November 14, 2019

Speaker Bio:Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), the Director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy...

The Costs of Claim-Making in Mexico

November 7, 2019

Abstract:High bureaucratic transaction costs can make it impossible for individuals to claim welfare benefits.

Ill Winds Against Liberal Democracy

October 31, 2019

Speaker Bio:Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The global spread of political polarization

October 24, 2019

Abstract:Political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world—from Brazil, India, and Kenya, to Poland, Turkey, and the United States.

State Capture in China?

October 17, 2019

Abstract:The dynamic game between political and business elites in both democratic and non-democratic countries has received much attention since the rise of the super-rich in global politics.

Should We Take Authoritarian Anti-Corruption Seriously?

October 3, 2019

Abstract:Anti-corruption efforts by authoritarian regimes are often assumed to be political charades or excuses to purge rivals.

Xinjiang’s Muslims and the PRC

September 27, 2019

Sponsored by Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of LawWE HAVE REACHED VENUE CAPACITY AND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RSVPSNOTE: THIS EVENT IS...

Contingent Extremism

September 26, 2019

Abstract:What explains the political momentum of far right parties?

The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World

September 9, 2019

DAY 1: Friday October 11 8:30 – 9:00am         Breakfast 9:00 – 9:15am         Introductory Remarks 9:15 – 11:15am       Panel 1: The Boundaries of Authoritarianism post-Arab UprisingsAmr Hamzawy,...

30 Years on From the Velvet Revolutions of 1989: Time For a New Liberation?

August 30, 2019

WE HAVE REACHED VENUE CAPACITYREGISTRATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTEDPLEASE CHECK BACK FOR VIDEO/LIVE STREAM OF THIS EVENT30 years ago, communist rule ended across central Europe in a dramatic...

People

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