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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Sources of Rationalized Governance: Cross-National Longitudinal Analyses, 1985-2002

August 2004

We assess the factors affecting national administrative rationalization in the context of the current worldwide movement for governance reforms.

Post-Communist Paradox: How the Rise of Parliamentarism Coincided with the Demise of Pluralism in Moldova

August 2004

Among the constellation of states with interesting constitutional stories to tell, tiny Moldova holds a unique place.

Equality and Difference: Regional Courts and Women's Human Rights

September 2004

Women's human rights lie at the intersection of two intellectual and political movements: gender equality, and multiculturalism.

Dams and Development: Transnational Struggles For Water and Power

August 2004

Big dams built for irrigation, power, water supply, and other purposes were among the most potent symbols of economic development for much of the twentieth century.

Enlargement Strategy and its Progeny, The

October 2004

The fifth enlargement round (Enlargement) of the European Union (EU), which took place on May 1st 2004, is rightly recognized to be a momentous landmark in the history of modern European...

World-Wide Expansion of Higher Education in the Twentieth Century, The

December 2005

The authors examine the global expansion of higher educational enrollments over the 20th century. Rates of growth accelerated in virtually all countries after 1960.

When All Else Fails: International Adjudication of Human Rights Abuse Claims, 1976-1999

January 2005

Although interest among sociologists in the consolidation and expansion of an international human rights regime has grown in recent years, little attention is accorded the formal procedures that...

No Longer Complacent?: Why Israeli Women Did Not Rebel

December 2005

Why did Israeli women not fight for social equality until the late 1980s? And what changed their individual and collective willingness to act?

Polygyny, Fertility, and Savings

December 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa has a high incidence of polygyny.

Health and Economic Growth: Reconciling the Micro and Macro Evidence

February 2005

We compare the estimated effects of health in a macroeconomic production function model of economic growth with the effects that are found using calibration based on wage regressions.

Chronic Disease Burden and the Interaction of Education, Fertility and Growth

January 2005

This study provides new evidence on the appropriate model of the economic and demographic transition. The episode analyzed is the eradication of hookworm disease in the American South (c. 1910).

Demographic Transition and the Sexual Division of Labor, The

September 2005

This paper presents a theory where increases in female labor force participation and reductions in the gender wage-gap are generated as part of the same process of demographic transition that leads...

From Citizen to Person? Rethinking Education as Incorporation

April 2006

Comparative educational research has influenced the development of the world society perspective as surely as the world society perspective has shaped research directions in comparative education....

Defining and Founding Civil Liberty

May 2006

In order to facilitate a subsequent operationalization of civil liberty, the paper attempts to define and ground civil liberty on the basis of liberal political philosophy/theory as this tradition...

Higher Education as an Institution

May 2006

The university is a very highly institutionalized social form, in a global frame developed over many centuries.

2006 Mexican Elections: A Challenge for Democracy

May 2006

This coming July, Mexicans will not only have the chance to democratically elect a president, but more importantly, they will have the opportunity to endorse democracy.

Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade

March 2006

It is widely believed that current disparities in economic, political, and social outcomes reflect distinct institutions.

Defining and Domesticating the Electoral Model: A Comparison of Slovakia and Serbia

May 2006

The transitions to democracy in the postcommunist region over the past decade and one-half share a common dynamic, featuring the interaction between two sets of factors.

Regeneration or Degeneration? Youth Mobilization and the Future of Uzbek Politics

June 2006

This study analyzes the Uzbek government's emphasis on youth mobilization as an alternative to now failing policies of post-communist patronage rule.

EU Conditionality and Democratic Rule of Law in Turkey

December 2006

In this report we examine the role of internal and external factors in advancing or preventing "democratic rule of law" reforms in Turkey over the last decade.

Tracking Civil Liberty in Latin American and (Post-)Communist Countries

September 2006

The paper utilizes a new dataset on civil liberties covering 20 Latin American and 28 post-communist countries from 1977 to 2003.

Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough

December 2006

The dramatic series of protests and political events that unfolded in Ukraine in the fall of 2004--the "Orange Revolution"--were seminal both for Ukrainian history and the history of...

World Religions and Democracy

March 2005

Can religion be compatible with liberal democracy?

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East

December 2003

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East provides a comprehensive assessment of the origins and staying power of Middle East autocracies, as well as a sober account of the struggles of state...

People

Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
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
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
Sasha Jason Program Associate, CDDRL
Perla Gonzalez Administrative Associate, CDDRL
Lauren Weitzman Program Manager, CDDRL
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