Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions


Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Located within the Department of Political Science and established through a generous gift from Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky, the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) seeks to invigorate academic and public discourse on democracy and, ultimately, contribute to Canada’s progressive leadership in the world.

About This Project

Democracy is a way of making governments responsible to its citizens. It ensures that power alternates. It resolves differences without resorting to violence. It promotes shared economic prosperity.

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC generates dialogue on democratic practices between the university and the global community it serves.

With donor support, the Centre aims to create solutions to the most pressing challenges and opportunities we face today. Through a combination of community involvement and academic research, the Centre’s areas of investigation currently include:

  • Citizen engagement and participation, including work on why people choose (or refuse) to enter politics
  • Monitoring and evaluating the state of democracy around the world, particularly in the unstable democracies of Latin America
  • Institutional effectiveness and innovation to enhance the performance of democracy

Help to build civil and sustainable societies by donating to the Centre.

Project Status

Support Needed

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Project Contacts

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Phone 604.827.4111 or toll-free in North America 1.877.717-GIVE

Charitable business # 10816 1779 RR0001

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