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 Scholarly Publications

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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...

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.

Cross-coupling of International and National Law: Labour Market Nondiscrimination Legislation for Women, 1958-2005

January 2009

When and why do nation states pass labour market non-discrimination legislation for women?

The Impact of Administrative Power on Political and Economic Developments: Toward a Political Economy of Implementation

December 2008

Why did limited government and 'constitutionalism' (the rule of law, constitutional rules, and political representation) evolve in some societies but not others?

Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond

December 2008

Modern Lebanese cinema can best be explored in the context of the Civil War, in part because almost all the Lebanese films made since its outset in 1975 have been about this war.

Gender, Citizenship and Political Agency in Lebanon

December 2008

Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia

November 2008

Hard Choices offers a most rewarding perspective on how Southeast Asian states straddle the ongoing tensions among three rarely compatible goals—security, democracy, and regionalism.

Divided Memories and Reconciliation: A Progress Report

September 2008

In February 2008, an international conference was convened at Stanford University at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center to examine the role of high school history textbooks in the...

International Influences on the Turkish Transition to Democracy in 1983

July 2008

This paper analyzes international influences on the transition to democracy in November 1983.

From Silkworms to Bungled Bailout: International Influences on the 1998 Regime Change in Indonesia

July 2008

In this paper, we argue that although international influences played a significant role in Indonesia’s democratic transition, Soeharto’s demise was not the consequence of diplomatic pressure or...

People

Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication
David Brady Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Debra Satz Professor, Philosophy
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
Perla Gonzalez Administrative Associate, CDDRL
Lauren Weitzman Program Manager, CDDRL
Sasha Jason Program Associate, CDDRL
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