21st CENTURY DEMOCRACY

Democracy Around the World

Democratic governance and constitutionalism abroad

 

In this websection, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences draws on the expertise of our faculty and colleagues across the Institute to provide research-based insights and resources for strengthening democracy at home and around the world.

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FOREIGN POLICY

Foreign policy advice: Don’t look back
 

The Biden administration must navigate a new set of global challenges, experts say in MIT panel discussion.

Emilia Simison, PhD student

POLITICAL SCIENCE

New views of autocracy emerge from historic archives
 

Political science PhD student Emilia Simison has found that despotic regimes vary, and the move to democracy doesn’t necessarily guarantee policy change.

Rt. Hon. David Miliband SM ’90

DEMOCRACY | HUMAN RIGHTS

Rt. Hon. David Miliband SM ’90 receives the 2021 Robert A. Muh Alumni Award
 

His award lecture proposes an "accountability agenda" to restore respect for human rights, democratic norms, and the rights of civilians in combat zones.

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DEMOCRACY

Starr Forum: Global Partnerships in a Time of Crisis
 

Experts discuss the need for democratic governments to create a contract for shared risks, including Covid-19, climate change, and war.

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DEMOCRACY

The permanent struggle for liberty
   

Daron Acemoglu’s new book examines the battle between state and society, which occasionally produces liberal-democratic freedom.

WHY NATIONS FAIL

Economists Daron Acemoglu of MIT and James Robinson publish new thesis on the wealth of nations
 

A collection of the significant reviews, interviews, videos, broadcasts about the thesis on the origins of power, prosperity, and poverty