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 2014-15 include regular workshops for faculty and fellows, and lectures on the topic of democracy.