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The Repudiation of American Internationalism and What It Means for Japan

November 2016

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apparently decided to hold an urgent meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York, on his way to the Asia Pacific Economic summit in Peru.

"Political Logic of Poverty Relief" Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

October 2016

Poverty relief programs are shaped by politics.

Edgar Salin and Social Theory in the Circle around Stefan George.

October 2016

Trying to extract political messages from poetry when political statements are not immediately self-evident can lead one quickly to speculative and even contradictory results.

Parting Observations on American Foreign Policy

July 2016

In 2014 Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth was a Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Walter H.

Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy

April 2016

About the BookOver the past decade, illiberal powers have become emboldened and gained influence within the global arena.

Is Poland Really Lost? Poland’s Contested Governance Reforms and the Further Role of the Central Eastern European Area (CEE) in the EU

February 2016

On January 13, 2016 for the first time in its history the European Union launched an investigation against one of its full member states, i.e. Poland.

Repression and Foreign Aid in Autocracies: Exploiting Debt Relief Negotiations in Post-Cold War Africa

February 2016

AbstractDoes dependence on development aid from Western sources constrain the use of repression among autocrats?

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

December 2015

At the end of Chen Shui-bian’s two terms as the president of Taiwan, his tenure was widely viewed as a disappointment, if not an outright failure.

The Aborigine Constituencies in the Taiwanese Legislature

November 2015

The Republic of China on Taiwan has long reserved legislative seats for its indigenous minority, the yuanzhumin.

Threats, Alliances, and Electorates: Why Taiwan's Defense Spending Has Fallen as China's Has Risen

November 2015

 Over the past 20 years, the military balance between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has rapidly shifted.

Electoral Systems and Polarization

October 2015

In an article in "The American Interest", Larry Diamond advocates electoral system reforms, including top-two and ranked-choice voting, as a potential antidote to partisan polarization.

Politics of Budgeting

October 2015

Francis Fukuyama discusses Congress's dysfunctional budgetary politics in "The American Interest", asking why the United States is one of the only advanced democracies under constant threat of...

Regulating Campaigns Online

October 2015

In "The American Interest", Nate Persily discusses the challenge of applying current regulatory frameworks to the world of online campaigns and digital technology.

Transparency and Governance

October 2015

Bruce Cain argues in "The American Interest" that greater transparency can undermine good governance by allowing undue influence of discrete interests and by creating inefficiencies.

Electoral Integrity in the United States

October 2015

Stephen Stedman argues in 'The American Interest" that efforts to improve American electoral integrity through reforms such as non-partisan election administration can protect the vote and restore...

Polarization and Partisanship

October 2015

In an article in the American Interest, Didi Kuo argues that understanding the causes of polarization -- whether rooted in a polarized electorate, or rooted in the ideological extremism of campaign...

Ballots, Bullets, and Bargains: American Foreign Policy and Presidential Elections

August 2015

Drawing on twenty-four years of experience in government, Michael H. Armacost explores how the contours of the U.S.

In Search of Democracy

July 2015

This book evaluates the global status and prospects of democracy, with an emphasis on the quality of democratic institutions and the effectiveness of governance as key conditions for stable...

Do Politicians' Relatives Get Better Jobs? Evidence from Municipal Elections [May 2015]

May 2015

We estimate the impacts of being connected to politicians on occupational choice.

Turning the Tide: The Johannesburg Development Agency and its Role in Revitalizing the Inner City

April 2015

Driving economic growth: As a mid-level government official, how do you make progress in difficult political environments?

Turning the Tide: The Johannesburg Development Agency and its Role in Revitalising the Inner City

April 2015

Driving economic growth: As a mid-level government official, how do you make progress in difficult political environments?

Gifford Pinchot and Sustainable Forest Management

April 2015

The year was 1909, and Gifford Pinchot, Chief Forester of the United States, faced a terrible personal dilemma.  He had discovered a pattern of corruption in the sale of public lands to developers...

Conference Report: Lobbying and Campaign Finance [November 2014]

April 2015

On November 14-15, the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective hosted a conference on Lobbying and Campaign Finance.

Solutions to Political Polarization in America

April 2015

According to many commentators, political polarization is at an all-time high in American politics.

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2015 eileen donahoe 04 web Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Larry Diamond hs Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
headshot 3 Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication
Bonica Pic Adam Bonica Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL, Associate Professor, Political Science
Amr Hamzawy Headshot Amr Hamzawy Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL
Jamie O'Connell headshot Jamie O'Connell Network Affiliate, CDDRL, Lecturer in Residence at Stanford Law School
Portrait of Kenji Kushida Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar at APARC
metzger headshot Megan Metzger Research Scholar, CDDRL Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research, GDPi