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 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 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.