On November 5 and 6, 2010, the International Forum for Democratic Studies (as the Executive Secretariat of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes), Grupo FARO, and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law co-sponsored a conference on “Political Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy: Evidence from Latin America: Lessons from Other Regions.”
The conference drew together over 20 scholars from Latin America, Africa, Asia, postcommunist Europe, and the United States to discuss how political clientelism affects social policy and the quality of democracy in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, India, postcommunist Europe, and Africa.
The conference was also made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation and the Taiwan Democracy Foundation.
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The conference also resulted in the publication of the JOD Book Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy (2012) edited by Francis Fukuyama, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner