International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Publications

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Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

July 2020

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age explores one major manuscript repository’s digital presence and poses timely questions about studying books from a temporal and spatial distance via the...

Beyond War and Contracts: The Medieval and Religious Roots of the European State

May 2020

Where does the state come from? Two canonical answers have been interstate wars and contracts between rulers and the ruled in the early modern period.

Money burning in the theory of delegation

May 2020

This paper uses a Lagrangian approach to provide sufficient conditions under which money burning expenditures are used in an optimal delegation contract.

Weasel Words and the Analysis of “Postcommunist” Politics: A Symposium

May 2020

A weasel word is a term used in academic or political discourse whose meaning is so imprecise or badly defined that it impedes the formulation of coherent thought on the subject to which it is...

Rhythm: Form and Dispossession

March 2020

More than the persistent beat of a song or the structural frame of poetry, rhythm is a deeply imbedded force that drives our world and is also a central component of the condition of human...

Do Immigrants Assimilate More Slowly Today Than in the Past?

March 2020

Using millions of historical census records and modern birth certificates, we document that immigrants assimilated into US society at similar rates in the past and present.

Terror and Tolerance: The Challenge of Inclusion of Muslims in Western Europe (Chapter in At the Forefront of Political Psychology Essays in Honor of John L. Sullivan)

March 2020

At the Forefront of Political Psychology pays tribute to John L. Sullivan, one of the most influential political psychologists of his generation.

Roman Seas: A Maritime Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Economies

March 2020

That seafaring was fundamental to Roman prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean is beyond doubt, but a tendency by scholars to focus on the grandest long-distance movements between major cities has...

Global Populisms and Their Challenges

March 2020

“Populism” has claimed enormous amounts of popular and press attention, with the Brexit vote of 2016, the election of President Donald J.

Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire

March 2020

In the Holy Roman Empire 'no prince â can forbid men passage in the common road', wrote the English jurist John Selden.

Were Jews in Interwar Poland More Educated?

February 2020

In the context of interwar Poland, we find that Jews tended to be more literate than non Jews, but show that this finding is driven by a composition effect.

Thus Spoke Kubrick:“Guide Pieces,” Modes of Citation and the Rise of the Temp Track (Chapter in "After Kubrick: A Filmmaker’s Legacy")

February 2020

When it came to how movies sounded, Stanley Kubrick was of a particular moment, but he seized that moment in a unique way.

Consequences of Authoritarian Party Exit and Reinvention for Democratic Competition

February 2020

How do the successors to authoritarian ruling parties influence subsequent democratic party competition?

Text Technologies: A History

February 2020

The field of text technologies is a capacious analytical framework that focuses on all textual records throughout human history, from the earliest periods of traceable communication—perhaps as...

What Determines Climate Policy Preferences if Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Is a Global Public Good?

February 2020

Many international policy problems, including climate change, have been characterized as global public goods.

Legitimacy in the ‘secular church’ of the United Nations

February 2020

This article argues that how the United Nations (UN) conceptualizes legitimacy is not only a matter of legalism or power politics.

Archaeology and contemporary emerging zoonosis: A framework for predicting future Rift Valley fever virus outbreaks

January 2020

Modelling of emerging vector borne diseases serves as an important complement to clinical studies of modern zoonoses.

Expanding the Agnotological Toolbox: Methods of Sex and Gender Analysis (Chapter in Science and the Production of Ignorance: When the Quest for Knowledge Is Thwarted)

January 2020

An introduction to the new area of ignorance studies that examines how science produces ignorance—both actively and passively, intentionally and unintentionally.

Heidegger Never Got Beyond Facticity

December 2019

(1) The “thing itself” of Heidegger’s thinking was Ereignis. (2) But Ereignis is a reinscription of what Being and Time had called thrownness or facticity.

Dialect Jokebooks and Russian-Yiddish and English-Yiddish Dictionaries (Chapter in The Whole World in a Book: Dictionaries in the Nineteenth Century)

December 2019

Edited by Sarah Ogilvie and Gabriella SafranAdvances new arguments and theories about the development of lexicography and how changes in the nineteenth century resonate todayCovers a wide range of...

Poetic Thinking Today

November 2019

Thinking is much broader than what our science-obsessed, utilitarian culture often takes it to be.

Sex and gender analysis improves science and engineering

November 2019

The goal of sex and gender analysis is to promote rigorous, reproducible and responsible science.

A Macroeconomic Framework for Quantifying Systemic Risk

October 2019

Systemic risk arises when shocks lead to states where a disruption in financial intermediation adversely affects the economy and feeds back into further disrupting financial intermediation.

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michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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Naimark, Norman Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
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josling Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
steven pifer Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
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sheehan James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Jodok Troy, The Europe Center Visiting Scholar Jodok Troy Network Affiliate