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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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Books

South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

Gi-Wook Shin, Ho-Ki Kim
2022 June 2, 2022
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Journal Articles

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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Books

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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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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Journal Articles

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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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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Journal Articles

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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Working Papers

Government Quality and State Capacity: Survey Results from Brazil

Ana Karine Pereira, Raphael Amorim Machado, Pedro Luiz Costa Cavalcante, Alexandra de Avile Gomide, Amanda Gomes Magalhaes, Isabella de Araujo Goellner, Roberto Rocha Coelho Pires, Katherine Bersch, Alan Ricardo da Silva
2021 February 23, 2021
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Books

A Decade of Upheaval

Dong Guoqiang, Andrew G. Walder
2021 February 23, 2021

The Cultural Revolution in Rural China

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The Dragon, the Eagle, and the Private Sector

Karen Eggleston, John D. Donahue, Richard J. Zeckhauser
2021 February 18, 2021

Public-Private Collaboration in China and the United States

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Journal Articles

Governing youth in times of dissent: essay competitions, politics of history, and emotions

Ayça Alemdaroğlu
Turkish Studies, 2021 February 2, 2021

This article examines the AKP’s youth politics in the aftermath of the 2013 Gezi Protests. It focuses on a seemingly mundane cultural practice of essay writing and student essay competitions to investigate the party’s message and methods in addressing young people. In particular, it examines the politics of history and emotional politics in the party's effort to construct and administer youth publics. The article argues that the AKP’s power is embedded in and reproduced by the articulation of political differences and mobilization of emotions, which play a significant role in the party’s broader bid to reorganize society, redefine collective identity, and control dissent.

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Journal Articles

The Birth of Nuclear Eternity

Benoît Pelopidas
Oxford Handbooks Online, 2021 February 1, 2021

This chapter reconnects modes of futures-making with the requirements of democracy by focusing on the naturalization of nuclear weapons and their removal from the realm of democratic choice at a particular point in time.

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Reports

SIPR Fall 2020

2021 January 26, 2021

Volume 5, Issue 2

Authors: Steven Pifer, Min Byung Chae, Natasha Lock, Iris H-Y Chiu, Andreas Kokkinis, Andrea Miglionico, Saraphin Dhanani, and Samuel P. LeRoy.

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