Democratization & Development
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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