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Project on Democracy and Development

Directors: Atul Kohli, David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs; and Deborah Yashar, Professor of Politics and International affairs.

Cosponsors: PIIRS and the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

With the decline of the Washington Consensus on development, the issue of the appropriate alternatives for the developing world is again at the forefront. Furthermore, the current advances and setbacks of democracy raise academic and policy concerns about political institutions, representation, and the rule of law in the developing world.

The Project on Democracy and Development takes a multipronged approach to promote research and teaching on development issues at Princeton. Past themes include: democracy and inequality in the developing world; middle classes in the process of development; violence in new democracies; and democracy, diversity, and development. Each year’s theme is explored through a speaker series, a conference, and with the research and teaching assistance of visiting fellows.