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 Publications

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Shaming, State Power, and Enforcement in the History of Anti-Trafficking Efforts: African Perspectives

June 2012

The central problem in human trafficking since the first global efforts to abolish the slave trade in the late eighteenth century is the persistence of demand for unfree women, children, and men....

The Patterns of History

January 2012

History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories

December 2011

Over the past fifteen years Northeast Asia has witnessed growing intraregional exchanges and interactions, especially in the realms of culture and economy.

The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law

December 2011

From Oxford University Press: There is a broad consensus among scholars that the idea of human rights was a product of the Enlightenment but that a self-conscious and broad-based human rights...

Electricity Sector Reform in Lebanon: Political Consensus in Waiting

December 2011

Constitutions as Peace Treaties: A Cautionary Tale for the Arab Spring

November 2011

In societies in transition, efforts to resolve deep divisions or fundamental disagreements about the nature of society through constitutional drafting may sharpen political differences and heighten...

Iraq: Between the Present and the Future

November 2011

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

April 2011

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that...

Authoritarian State Building in the Middle East: From Durability to Revolution

February 2011

What accounts for variation in the durability of authoritarian regimes in the post-colonial Middle East?  This working paper presents a new explanation that underscores how the geopolitical...

Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals

December 2010

In famously beautiful and laconic prose, Jean- Jacques Rousseau presents us a forceful picture of a democratic society, in which we live together as free and equal, and our politics focuses on the...

Racial Inequality and Affirmative Action in Education in Brazil

August 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.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Islamist Militancy in South Asia

January 2010

Throughout its history, Pakistan has deliberately used non-state actors as a strategy of asymmetric warfare against stronger adversaries such as India and the Soviet Union.

Human Rights for the 21st Century: Sovereignty, Civil Society, Culture

December 2009

A new moral, ethical, and legal framework is needed for international human rights law.

Geopolitics, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

December 2009

In light of the ongoing ‘War on Terror’ and the occupation of Iraq, attention has turned again to how countries such as the United States and Britain can use ‘soft power’ to influence not only...

Geopolitics, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

December 2009

The Origins of Authoritarianism in Pakistan

October 2009

What ails the Pakistani polity?

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...

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.

Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action

August 2009

Ethnically homogenous communities often do a better job than diverse communities of producing public goods such as satisfactory schools and health care, adequate sanitation, and low levels of crime...

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.

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...

Work Satisfaction, Trauma and Economic Insecurity: Post-tsunami Sri Lanka

January 2009

This paper considers the links between the extent of economic security and subjective work satisfaction.

People

Debra Satz Professor, Philosophy
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
Megan Metzger Research Scholar, CDDRL Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research, GDPi
Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, FSE Visiting Scholar, FSE
Laura Jakli Predoctoral Fellow, CDDRL, Predoctoral Fellow, Program on Democracy and the Internet
Lauren Weitzman Program Manager, CDDRL
Sasha Jason Program Associate, CDDRL
Perla Gonzalez Administrative Associate, CDDRL
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