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[liberationtech] In Search of Sustainable Democracy: Reflections on Three Decades of Research

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Wed Oct 14 07:50:34 PDT 2015

Larry Diamond
In Search of Sustainable Democracy: Reflections on Three Decades of Research


Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm


CISAC Central Conference Room, Second Floor, Encina Hall


Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law


This seminar will reflect on Professor Larry Diamond's three decades
of research seeking to identify the conditions for sustainable
democracy.  What have we learned about the conditions that support and
undermine democracy?  What is the relationship between democratic
quality and democratic persistence?  Is "democratic consolidation" a
useful concept?  Can consolidated democracies become
"de-consolidated"--and if so, when and why?  Do the current travails
of the advanced democracies represent merely ongoing challenges of
governance, or are we entering a period of more fundamental challenge
to democratic norms and institutions?  Finally, what does all of this
imply for the policy agendas of democracy reform and promotion?


Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He also serves as
the Peter E. Haas Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public
Service at Stanford. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center
on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and he continues to
lead its programs on Liberation Technology, Arab Reform and Democracy,
and Democracy in Taiwan.  He is the founding co-editor of the Journal
of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International
Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.
His sixth and most recent book, In Search of Democracy (Routledge,
2016), explores the challenges confronting democracy and democracy
promotion, gathering together three decades of his work on democratic
development, particularly in Africa and Asia.  He has also edited or
co-edited more than 40 books on democratic development around the


Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.


650-723-4610, christian.ollano at

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