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Centre for Studies on Democracy and Diversity

Centre for Studies on Democracy and Diversity

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Welcome to the Centre

The Centre for Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) focuses on democratic governance in situations of diversity.

Current research is interested in diversity that is caused by (1) the co-existence of indigenous communities, themselves diverse, and other communities, usually with more advanced economies, that settle the land much later; ii) immigration, where individuals of different cultures migrate from their country of origin to a new home in which they settle; and iii) when states are comprised of several sizable ethnic communities, each living on its homeland, with some seeing themselves as distinct nations.

The Centre conducts research on different aspects of diversity and democratic governance, asking questions about the appropriate political institutions and policies needed for governing diverse societies.  It also inquires how such institutions and policies are to be evaluated normatively, and considers the special case of states that are undergoing significant transitions, from civil war to peace and from authoritarianism to democracy.

The aim of the Centre is to promote research on all these issues of diversity and democratic governance. It welcomes post-doctoral fellowship applications, although does not at this time have a means to support them financially. The Centre also sponsors a series of events and speakers, which brings together scholars working on this important area.