Policy brief

Defending Democracy with Deliberative Technology

Author: Lisa Schirch

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2024

Deliberative technologies offer policymakers, think tanks, tech companies, and civil society new paths to stem the tide of democratic backsliding. This brief recommends using deliberative technologies to: Foster more robust civic engagement Build trust in public institutions by aligning governance with public will Improve...

Topics: Governance, Policy

Case study

Joe Biden’s Spending Plans: Building Back Better?

Authors: Lakshmi Iyer, Eduardo Pagés

Keough School of Global Affairs, July 2022

In December 2021, US President Joe Biden faced the decision of whether to push forward with the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which would increase US government spending by more than $2 trillion. Three previous spending bills had already been passed over the previous...

Topics: Business & Economics, COVID-19, Governance

Case study

From Crisis Management to Feminist Leadership at Oxfam America

Authors: Sara Gaviser Leslie, Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

Oxfam, the international nongovernmental organization, was rocked by press revelations in 2018 of sexual misconduct in its 2011 Haiti humanitarian operations following the devasting earthquake there. The scandal, which occurred amid a crescendo of the #MeToo movement, challenged the new leader of Oxfam’s American...

Topics: Governance, Policy

Policy brief

Subsistence Rights and Nigeria’s Continuing Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Authors: Diane Desierto, Fidelis Olokunboro

Pulte Institute for Global Development, Keough School of Global Affairs, November 2021

It is a continuing paradox in 2021 that Nigeria is a country of vast natural resources and energy reserves, Africa’s largest oil producer, and a powerful member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), yet poverty and inequality remain extremely rampant. Forty percent...

Topics: Business & Economics, Civil & Human Rights, Governance, Policy

Policy report

Assessing Implementation of the 2020 US-Taliban Peace Accord

Author: Madhav Joshi

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2021

Assessing Implementation of the 2020 US-Taliban Peace Accord provides an overview of the current implementation status of the agreement negotiated between the Taliban and the United States signed on February 29, 2020. Using the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)—a methodology for monitoring and assessing implementation of...

Topics: Governance, Peacebuilding

Policy report

The Presidential Transition Index: Contemporaneous Assessments of the Trump-Biden Transition

Authors: Paul Friesen, Rachel Gagnon, Shadwa Ibrahim, William Kakenmaster, Maggie Shum

Keough School of Global Affairs, January 2021

The Trump-Biden transition was perhaps the most closely watched and politically fraught presidential transition in modern United States history. As the transition concludes, a new report published by the Keough School of Global Affairs provides a timely assessment of the state of the transition...

Topics: Governance

Policy report

American Democracy at Risk: A Global Comparative Perspective

Authors: Paul Friesen, Ilana Rothkopf, Luis Schenoni, Maggie Shum, Romelia Solano

Keough School of Global Affairs, October 2020

In the run-up to the 2020 US presidential election, Notre Dame researchers asked political elections experts who study both young and mature democracies across the globe to evaluate and suggest actions to mitigate electoral risks in the United States. Researchers summarized their findings and...

Topics: Governance, Policy

Working paper

Effects of Us Foreign Assistance on Democracy Building, 1990–2014: An Update

Authors: Steven E Finkel, Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Michael Neureiter, Chris A. Belasco

Kellogg Institute, June 2020

This paper updates our earlier work on the impact of US foreign assistance on democratic outcomes in recipient countries using newly available USAID Foreign Aid Explorer data covering the 2001–2014 period, as well as new outcome measures derived from Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) data....

Topics: Governance, Policy