The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) was created in 1999 as a research program within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The Center supports empirical research on democratic political processes and institutions. CSDP's research program focuses on the relationship between democratic ideals and democratic practice; its aim is to encourage rigorous social scientific analysis that informs and is informed by normative theories of democracy.
CSDP researchers focus on three main areas: governance; representation and inequality; and media and public opinion.
- CSDP invites CSDP-affiliated graduate students to apply for research funding to support projects relevant to democratic politics.The deadline for spring 2014 applications is April 15. See detailed instructions and link to online application.