Areas of Interest.

PEOPLE: WOMEN, YOUTH & MINORITIES

The TGP analyses the challenges and opportunities facing women, youth and minorities in transitional systems. These populations are often the subject of policy interventions aimed at improving the lives of traditionally disadvantaged groups. Yet, effective interventions require a careful analysis of assumptions underlying policymaking and the obstacles to empowerment. Examining the priorities and attitudes of disadvantaged populations and exploring the underlying social-psychological mechanisms that present obstacles to participation sheds important light on the potential impact of policy interventions.

POLITICAL PROCESSES: PARTIES & ELECTIONS

The TGP seeks to understand and support party development and electoral processes in countries that have not yet established consolidated democracies. Establishing strong political party systems and robust, free and fair elections requires not only a clear vision of what these systems ideally achieve and the resource gaps they face, but also a sober understanding of how citizens and political parties view political engagement. Similarly, understanding the design and effects of electoral systems requires not only technical knowledge about alternative options, but also of the broader social imperatives that drive these debates.

IDENTITIES AND IDEOLOGIES: RELIGION, ETHNICITY & TRANSITIONS

The TGP aims to gain a better understanding of debates over citizenship rights, the role of religion and the state, regional and ethnic privileges, and other fundamental questions about the nature of state and society. These critical issues are each important, and often examined independently. However, they are best understood as part of fundamental struggles over the distribution of resources across identifiable groups or over broader societal transformation. Putting these issues in the broader perspective helps elucidate the obstacles to democratization and economic development.

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