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Governance

Addressing issues of democracy, dictatorship, corruption and poverty, our scholars and practitioners produce expert research and train civil society activists around the world.

Research Spotlight

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Global Populisms and Their Challenges

A white paper by the Stanford Global Populisms Project finds that established mainstream political parties are the key enablers of populist challenges—and the key solution.
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Protecting Electoral Integrity In the Digital Age

Today, free and fair elections, the primary expression of democratic will for collective government, are far from guaranteed in many countries around the world. Protecting them will require a new set of policies and actions from technological platforms, governments, and citizens.
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30 Years of World Politics: What Has Changed?

Francis Fukuyama argues that sustaining democracy will require rebuilding the legitimate authority of the institutions of liberal democracy, while resisting those powers that aspire to make nondemocratic institutions central.

Featured Scholars

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Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Director of The Europe Center
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Didi Kuo

Senior Research Scholar
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Didi Kuo

Senior Research Scholar
Associate Director for Research at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
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Stephen Stedman

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Stephen Stedman

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Deputy Director at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law

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Journal Articles

Shooting the Messenger: Remediation of Disclosed Vulnerabilities as CFAA “Loss”

Riana Pfefferkorn
Richmond Journal of Law & Technology , 2022 November 30, 2022
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Books

The Logic of Governance in China

Xueguang Zhou
2022 October 28, 2022
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Struggles for Political Change in the Arab World

Lisa Blaydes, Amr Hamzawy, Hesham Sallam
2022 October 11, 2022

Regimes, Oppositions, and External Actors after the Spring

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Book Chapters

Bureaucrats, Local Elites, and Economic Development

Ling Zhu, Xueguang Zhou
2022 August 28, 2022

Chapter in the volume Economies, Institutions and Territories: Dissecting Nexuses in a Changing World.

 

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Journal Articles

How Information Flows from the World to China

Yingdan Lu, Jack Schaefer, Kunwoo Park, Jungseok Joo, Jennifer Pan
The International Journal of Press/Politics, 2022 August 8, 2022

Government censorship—internet shutdowns, blockages, firewalls—impose significant barriers to the transnational flow of information despite the connective power of digital technologies. In this paper, we examine whether and how information flows across borders despite government censorship. We develop a semi-automated system that combines deep learning and human annotation to find co-occurring content across different social media platforms and languages. We use this system to detect co-occurring content between Twitter and Sina Weibo as Covid-19 spread globally, and we conduct in-depth investigations of co-occurring content to identify those that constitute an inflow of information from the global information ecosystem into China. We find that approximately one-fourth of content with relevance for China that gains widespread public attention on Twitter makes its way to Weibo. Unsurprisingly, Chinese state-controlled media and commercialized domestic media play a dominant role in facilitating these inflows of information. However, we find that Weibo users without traditional media or government affiliations are also an important mechanism for transmitting information into China. These results imply that while censorship combined with media control provide substantial leeway for the government to set the agenda, social media provides opportunities for non-institutional actors to influence the information environment. Methodologically, the system we develop offers a new approach for the quantitative analysis of cross-platform and cross-lingual communication.

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The obsolescing bargain crosses the Belt and Road Initiative: renegotiations on BRI projects

Michael Bennon, Francis Fukuyama
Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2022 May 18, 2022

A study examining the BRI through the lens of the obsolescing bargain to evaluate the practices of China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and policy banks in mitigating political risk.

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Liberalism and Its Discontents

Francis Fukuyama
2022 May 10, 2022

A short book about the challenges to liberalism from the right and the left by the bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order.

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Journal Articles

The Digital Repression of Social Movements, Protest, and Activism: A Synthetic Review

Jennifer Earl, Thomas Maher, Jennifer Pan
Science Advances, 2022 March 9, 2022

Repression research examines the causes and consequences of actions or policies that are meant to, or actually do, raise the costs of activism, protest, and/or social movement activity. The rise of digital and social media has brought substantial increases in attention to the repression of digital activists and movements and/or to the use of digital tools in repression, which is spread across many disciplines and areas of study. We organize and review this growing welter of research under the concept of digital repression by expanding a typology that distinguishes actions based on actor type, whether actions are overt or covert, and whether behaviors are shaped by coercion or channeling. This delineation between broadly different forms of digital repression allows researchers to develop expectations about digital repression, better understand what is “new” about digital repression in terms of explanatory factors, and better understand the consequences of digital repression.

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Book Chapters

Chinese Grand Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2022 March 2, 2022

In Strategy in the Contemporary World, edited by John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, and Jeannie L. Johnson, Oriana Skylar Mastro examines the evolution of Chinese grand strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping, its drivers, and its implications.

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The realist science of politics: the art of understanding political practice

Jodok Troy
European Journal of International Relations, 2021 October 14, 2021
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Commentary

The Collapse of Tunisia’s Party System and the Rise of Kais Saied

Nate Grubman, Aytuğ Şaşmaz
2021 August 17, 2021
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Conference Memos

POMEPS Studies 43: Digital Activism and Authoritarian Adaptation in the Middle East

Larry Diamond, Eileen Donahoe, Shelby Grossman, Renée DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein
2021 August 5, 2021

The Project on Middle East Political Science partnered with Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and its Global Digital Policy Incubator for an innovative two week online seminar to explore the issues surrounding digital activism and authoritarianism. This workshop was built upon more than a decade of our collaboration on issues related to the internet and politics in the Middle East, beginning in 2011 with a series of workshops in the “Blogs and Bullets” project supported by the United States Institute for Peace and the PeaceTech Lab. This new collaboration brought together more than a dozen scholars and practitioners with deep experience in digital policy and activism, some focused on the Middle East and others offering a global and comparative perspective. POMEPS STUDIES 43 collects essays from that workshop, shaped by two weeks of public and private discussion.

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Case Studies

My Heart Loves the Army: An Investigation into a Jordanian Disinformation Campaign on Facebook, TikTok and Twitter (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, K.H., Rajeev Sharma, Chase Small, Julia Thompson
2021 July 8, 2021
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Journal Articles

The Future of Platform Power: Solving for a Moving Target

Francis Fukuyama
Journal of Democracy, 2021 July 1, 2021

This essay is a part of an exchange based on Francis Fukuyama’s “Making the Internet Safe for Democracy” from the April 2021 issue of the Journal of Democracy.

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Working Papers

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

Nathaniel Persily, Charles Stewart III, Chelsey Davidson, Zahavah Levine
2021 July 1, 2021

A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

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Making the Internet Safe for Democracy

Francis Fukuyama
2021 April 16, 2021

Journal of Democracy from Volume 32, Number 2, April 2021 | Johns Hopkins University Press

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White Papers

Reversing the Tide: Towards a New US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism
2021 April 16, 2021

Report of the Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

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