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 Scholarly Publications

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New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan

January 2014

New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan takes a creative and comparative view of the new challenges and dynamics confronting these maturing democracies.Numerous works deal with...

History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories

December 2011

Over the past fifteen years Northeast Asia has witnessed growing intraregional exchanges and interactions, especially in the realms of culture and economy.

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

June 2008

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future?

Anatomy of an Earthquake: How the KMT Lost and the DPP Won the 2000 Presidential Election

November 2001

The March 2000 presidential election was an important milestone in the democratic development of Taiwan, with the Kuomintang turned out of power after five decades of control and replaced by the...

The Competitive Advantage of Taiwan

December 1997

Reprint from Journal of Far Eastern Business originally printed Autumn, 1994.

Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies

December 1997

The global trend that Samuel P. Huntington has dubbed the "third wave" of democratization has seen more than 60 countries experience democratic transitions since 1974.

Poverty Alleviation in Taiwan

September 1993