The program studies the development of new democracies and sustainable democracies in Eastern Europe, East Asia, and other regions of the world.

CO-CONVENORS: Dorothy Solinger & Nina Bandelj

David Frank
Professor, Sociology, UC Irvine

Marek Kaminski
Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC Irvine

Arend Lijphart
Professor, Political Science, UC San Diego

Richard Matthew
Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, UC Irvine

Matthew Shugart
Professor, IRPS, UC San Diego

Stergios Skaperdas
Professor, Political Science, UC Irvine

David Smith
Professor, Sociology, UC Irvine

Dorothy Solinger
Professor, Political Science, UC Irvine

Yang Su
Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Irvine

Rein Taagepera
Professor, Political Science, UC Irvine

Yulia V. Tverdova
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Wang Feng
Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Irvine


Thomas Bernstein
Columbia University, Emeritus

Hans-Dieter Klingemann
Professor, Free University Berlin

Gideon Rahat
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ben Reilly
Australian National University

Carsten Q. Schneider
University of Budapest

Christian Welzel
Jacobs University, Bremen


How and How Much Does Regime Type Matter?
Survey on Social Inequality and Distributive Justice in China
Why Post-communists Punish Themselves
The Politics of Unemployment and Joining International Economic Organizations
The World Values Survey: Vietnam 2001
From the Correlates of War to the Democratic Peace
Investing in Conflict Management: An Economic Approach


Judging Transitional Justice
Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim
Development, Democracy and the Islamic World
Democracy, Violence, and Cities: New Segregations and Changes in Public Space
Formal and Informal Institutions to Cope with Risk and Credit in Developing Countries


David Frank, Steven A. Boutcher and Bayliss Camp, The Repeal of Sodomy Laws from a World-Society Prespective. (Queer Mobilizations:LGBT Activists Confront the Law, edited by S. Barclay, M. Bernstein, and A.M. Marshall) New York, NY: New York University Press, 2009)
Nina Bandelj, Economic Sociology of Work (Research in the Sociology of Work). (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2009)
Dorothy Solinger, States' Gains, Labor's Losses: China, France and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980-2000. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)
Nina Bandelj, From Communist to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007)
Rein Taagepera, Predicting Party Sizes. ( Oxford University Press, 2007)
Marek Kaminski, Games Prisoners Play: The Tragicomic Worlds of Polish Prison. (Princeton University Press, 2004).

Russell Dalton, Paula Garb, Nicholas Lovrich, John Pierce, and John Whiteley, Critical Masses: Citizen's, Nuclear Weapons Production, and Environmental Destruction in the United States and Russia. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 1999).

Bernard Grofman, Sung-Chull Lee, Edwin Winkler, eds. Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Under the Single Non-Transferable Vote: The Comparative Study of an Embedded Institution (University of Michigan Press, 1999).

Dorothy J. Solinger, David A. Smith, Steven Topik, eds. States and Sovereignty in the Global Economy (Routledge, 1999).


Marek M. Kaminski and Monika Nalepa, Suffer a Scratch to Avoid a Blow? Why Post-communist Parties in Eastern Europe Introduce Lustration (CSD-08-01)
Yuliya V. Tverdova, Economic Perceptions and Economic Voting in Post Communist Countries of East Central Eruope (CSD-07-10)
Wang Feng, Boundaries of Inequality: Perceptions of Distributive Justice Among Urbanities, Migrants, and Peasants (CSD-07-09)
Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Christian Welzel, Understanding Democratic Congruence: A Demand-Supply Perspective (CSD-07-08)
Wang Feng, Tsui-o Tai and Wang Youjuan, A Decade of Rising Poverty in Urban China: Who Are More Likely to Fall Under? (CSD-06-14)
Dorothy J. Solinger, The Nexus of Democratization: Guanxi and Governance in Taiwan and the PRC (CSD-06-13)
Nina Bandelj, Consolidation of Democracy in Postcommunist Europe (CSD-06-04)
Dorothy J. Solinger, The Creation of a New Underclass in China and its Implications (CSD05-10)
Marek M. Kaminski and Monika Nalepa, Judging Transtitional Justice: An Evaluation of Truth Revelation Procedures (CSD-04-15)
Nina Bandelj, Institutional Foundations of Economic Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe (1990-2000) (CSD04-14)
Thomas Bernstein, Unrest in Rural China: A 2003 Assessment (CSD04-13)
Samuel Barnes, Political Participation in Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe (CSD04-10)
Bonnie Field, Modes of Transition, Internal Party Rules, and Levels of Elite Continuity: A Comparison of the Spanish and Argentine Democracies (CSD04-03)
Dorothy Solinger, State Transitions and Citizenship Shifts in China (CSD03-12)
Rein Taagepera, Prospects for Democracy in Islamic Countries (CSD03-10)
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Democracy and Human Rights--The Essential Connection (CSD03-08)
Yang Su, State Sponsorship or State Failure? Mass Killings in Rural China, 1967-68 (CSD03-06)
Larry Diamond, Can the Whole World Become Democratic? Democracy, Development, and International Policies (CSD03-05)
Marek Kaminski, The Collective Action Problems of Political Consolidation: Evidence from Poland (CSD03-03)
Feng Wang and Tianfu Wang, Bringing Categories Back In: Institutional Factors of Income Inequality in Urban China (CSD03-01)
David Smith and Michael Timberlake, "Global Cities" and "Globalization" in East Asia: Empirical Realities and Conceptual Questions (CSD02-09)
Christian Welzel, Ronald Inglehart, and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, The Theory of Human Development: A Cross-Cultural Analysis (CSD02-01)



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