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Exploring Democracy and Development

Democracy and human development—the twin aspirations of effective political participation and improved human welfare—are among the most critical and challenging issues facing humanity today.

At the Kellogg Institute, which has a tradition of exploring big questions that matter, the two issues are at the heart of our scholarly community’s research agenda.

Both core themes focus on understanding and promoting conditions that allow people to participate in shaping their own futures. Both resonate with the normative questions that grow out of Catholic social thought. Both are central to efforts to enhance human dignity.

Kellogg scholars and students come together across disciplines to tackle the challenges of democracy and human development—and their many interrelationships—in a multitude of ways. Click on the stories below for illustrative examples.

Implications of Dignity for International Development Explored at Rome ConferenceHuman Development: Implications of Dignity for International Development Explored at Rome Conference
What is the role of human dignity in international human development? A new Kellogg initiative brings together scholars and human development practitioners to explore this question with the goal of impacting both development theory and practice.

NSF Funds V-Dem Research on Consequences of DemocratizationDemocracy: NSF Funds V-Dem Research on Consequences of Democratization
Why does democracy matter for human development and state building? In the Varieties of Democracy project, Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge is collaborating with experts around the world—including Kellogg faculty, students, and visiting scholars—to give scholars, policymakers, citizens, and journalists the big data they need to answer such questions.

Partnering with Faculty Mentors, International Scholar Aims for State DepartmentDemocracy and Human Development: Partnering with Faculty Mentors, International Scholar Aims for State Department
A passion for human rights and social justice drove one undergraduate International Scholar to investigate a variety of paths to human and political development. Working closely with faculty mentors, she conducted an interdisciplinary study of Chinese foreign investment as a tool for soft power in Vietnam—research that won her a Fulbright.




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The Kellogg Institute promotes scholarship, learning, and linkages that address issues of critical importance to our world. At the center of our interdisciplinary community’s work are two key themes: democratization and human development. 

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