M.A. Democracy & Governance

Practitioners and scholars in fields as diverse as public policy, development, international relations, and security studies increasingly recognize that successful programs in their fields require effective and accountable governance.

The Democracy and Governance Program seeks to understand the foundations of democratic and responsive government, how policymakers can create and implement policies to achieve these objectives, and prepares students for careers in democracy assistance, governance reform, politics, and international affairs.

The program provides graduate training with its Masters in Democracy and Governance (M.A.) and advances research in the areas of democratic change and governance reform through the Center for Democracy and Civil Society (CDACS).

CDACS is a member of the National Endowment for Democracy’s Network of Democracy Reserach Institutes, and conducts scholarly research, hosts speakers and conferences, and publishes the annual journal Democracy and Society.


Recent Faculty Scholarship

G-7and President Biden’s Democracy Agenda: Translating Promises into Action (new window) (new window). Patrick Quirk. Brookings. 18th June 2021

As Democracy Goes, So Goes the Climate (new window). Patrick Quirk. American Purpose. 2nd June 2021

The Democracy Summit Must be Paired with a Democracy Strategy. Patrick Quirk, February 19th 2021

As 2021 Begins, Rival Populisms Menace Tunisia’s Democracy (new window). Daniel Brumberg. January 8th 2021


Recent & Upcoming Events

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Sponsored by Georgetown University’s Democracy and Governance Program, this webinar is the first in a series entitled Trending…In Elections which will feature discussions on current issues and challenges emerging in electoral processes. The topic in focus for this webinar is Managing Electoral Volatility. Since 2016, new dynamics have emerged in elections which have made them the targets of attack on their integrity and viability. The purpose of this webinar is to examine three such volatilities and discuss their impact on upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. First, Katie Harbath of AnchorChange (About — Anchor Change – Civic Tech Strategies) will discuss the impact of technologies and disinformation on elections and perception about elections, and steps undertaken to manage this impact. Second, Steven Martin of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (bio here) will discuss electoral volatility from a global perspective and its impact on international electoral assistance programming. And, third, Michael Scholtens of The Carter Center (bio here) will conclude with a discussion on how volatilities impact election observation and monitoring, both in terms of scope activities to be monitored and techniques to monitor these new volatilities and their impact. Their presentations will be followed by a period of discussion and questions. The webinar will be hosted by Jeff Fischer, Adjunct Lecturer in the Democracy and Governance Program (Faculty and Fellows | Department of Government | Georgetown University).

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Contact Us:

Democracy and Governance Program
Georgetown University
Car Barn 3520 Prospect St. NW
Washington DC 20007
Tel: 202-687-6365
Email:  cdacsgtown@gmail.com