The structures and systems representative of democracy are often characterized by greater accountability, reduced corruption, and greater legitimacy across leaders and their constituencies. The conditions that empower, motivate, and sustain democracy are generally the product of social, political, and economic systems and how such systems interact. This interaction tends to drive the very foundation in which development solutions and challenges emerge. Whether it is a respect for the rule of law and human rights or corporate social responsibility and transparency, democratization hinges on understanding unique systems within international affairs. Examples of our scholars’ research include an exploration of trafficking and its broader implications to local and global economies, the assessment of political drivers that underlie civil unrest and conflict, and a comparison of developing economies and judicial reforms.
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"Reframing Development in the Age of Vulnerability: From Case Studies of the Philippines and Trinidad to New Measures of Rootedness" with John Cavanagh, Third World Quarterly 32, no.6 (June 2011).
Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match, with John Cavanagh (Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2009.
Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible, authored by a 19-person drafting committee led by John Cavanagh &Jerry Mander. Berrett-Koehler, first edition, 2002; updated & expanded 2nd edition by 21-person drafting committee, 2004.
Co-editor, Oaxacalifornian Reporting Team, Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California, UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, 2013.
"State Power and Clientelism: Eight Propositions for Discussion,” in Tina Hilgers, ed., Clientelism in Everyday Latin American Politics, Palgrave, 2012.
Co-author, “Proporcionar transparencia ¿Hasta qué punto responde el gobierno mexicano a las solicitudes de información pública?” Gestión y política pública, 20(1), 2011.
"Transnational Fosterage: The Novel Care Arrangements between Guinean Caregivers and Ivorian and Liberian Children Fleeing War" in Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective. Cati Coe and Rachel Reynolds, Eds. Vanderbilt University Press. 2011.
"Child labour and youth enterprise: Post-war urban infrastructure and the bearing boys of Freetown." Anthropology Today. 26(6): 19-22. December 2010.
"Youth Music and Politics in Postwar Sierra Leone." The Journal of Modern African Studies. 48(4). 627-642. 2010.
Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability. University of Notre Dame Press Kellog Institute Series, 2011 (Co-edited with Timothy J. Power, Oxford University)
Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil. Stanford University Press, 2008. Recipient of the Victor Nunes Leal Prize for best book in political science and international relations, Brazilian Political Science Association.
"Institutional Development through Policymaking: A Case Study of the Brazilian Central Bank." World Politics, 61:3 (July 2009), 487-515.