The Yale Program in Democracy (YPD) was established in 2005 to encourage research at the intersection of democratic theory and empirical studies of democracy. The YPD supports research in which answers to the question, “How should democracy work?” are informed by answers to the question, “How does democracy work”? We are especially (though not exclusively) interested in research on new democracies in developing countries.

Activities for 2011-12 include co-sponsorship on a conference on clientilism and electoral fraud (co-sponsored with the Juan March Foundation, Madrid, June 28-July 1, 2011), and a conference on Epistemic Democracy (Yale University co sponsored with Programme on Democracy at University of Oslo, October 20-22, 2011), as well as smaller workshops with associated faculty and fellows.