Making Electoral Democracy Work

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has awarded a major grant for a seven-year research project entitled Making Electoral Democracy Work.

Our project brings together an exceptional team of economists, political scientists, and psychologists from Canada, Europe, and the United States to undertake the most ambitious study ever undertaken of the impact of electoral rules on the functioning of democracy .
The study will examine 27 elections in five countries .

There are three inter-related components:


Public Sphere Guide

This beta version of the Public Sphere Guide and the related online essay forum constitute the SSRC’s Public Sphere Hub, an open educational resource and research hub on the public sphere, co-sponsored by NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge . Their purpose is to facilitate and advance the study of the transformations of the public sphere to enable its renewal. The Public Sphere Guide serves as a research guide and as a teaching guide as well as a resource for the renewal of the public sphere . At the same time, it also serves as a guide to the SSRC’s public sphere program area. For more information, see the About page.


The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

The Center for the Study of Democracy is an organized research unit at the University of California, Irvine. The Center sponsors research and education aimed at improving the democratic process in the United States and expanding democracy around the world.

The Center’s research activities focus on four areas:

Democracy-21, a research program aimed at improving the democratic process in the United States and other established democracies; the New Democracies Initiative, focusing on the promotion of democracy in formerly authoritarian systems; a program examining the role of social movements as a form of political expression; and a research area evaluating the intersection of race, ethnicity, and democratic politics.


The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

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.


The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)

The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.

The organization was founded in March 1999 by a diverse group of academicians, professionals, and activists–both Muslim and non-Muslim–from around the USA who agree on the need for the study of and dissemination of reliable information on this complex topic.


The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC)

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) brings together a group of scholars from four Québec universities. The centre includes scholars and students from both Communications and Political Science departments, and brings a cross-disciplinary perspective to bear on the challenges facing democratic citizenship in a rapidly changing world.

Established in 2008, CSDC researchers address a wide range of questions relating to the relationship between citizens and the political process. How do citizens decide who to vote for? Can citizens hold governments accountable? How do citizens form attitudes about public policy? What accounts for political participation, or, perhaps more importantly, a lack of political participation? What are the implications of social diversity for engagement, or policy support? These and related questions play a central role in the work pursued by scholars at the CSDC.


The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions seeks to advance research, teaching and the broad communication of ideas and knowledge about institutional innovation in democratic governance.

Through its programs, the Centre promotes excellence in research and teaching, brings together scholars, public officials and students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines, and works with governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The Centre does not engage in policy advocacy or advising. Nor does it identify with any particular political party, interest group, or ideological position. Consistent with the global mission of the university, the Centre’s activities include the major established democracies, emerging democracies, and non-democratic states.


The East-West Center

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.Over fifty years of serving as a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 57,000 alumni and more than 750 partner organizations.

The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C., office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.


The World Movement for Democracy

The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of democrats, including activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders, who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy.

The Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) initiated this nongovernmental effort with a global Assembly in New Delhi, India, in February 1999 to strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition.

The participants in the New Delhi Assembly adopted a Founding Statement to guide the development of the World Movement, which held its Second Assembly in São Paulo, Brazil, in November 2000, its Third Assembly in Durban, South Africa, in February 2004, and its Fourth Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, in April 2006, and its Fifth Assembly in Kyiv, Ukraine, in April 2008. The Sixth Assembly took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April 2010. The World Movement is led by a distinguished international Steering Committee and NED currently serves as its Secretariat.

Only those networks, groups, or individuals sharing the principles and values contained in the Founding Statement may be associated with the World Movement for Democracy. Political positions adopted by such networks, groups, or individuals will not bind the World Movement as a whole, which, as a matter of policy, does not advocate positions on particular political issues.