USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center) sought to develop a series of DRG primers on key DRG theories, concepts, research findings and definitions that will be used by democracy assistance practitioners as an educational tool and a resource for more accurately and effectively conveying information about DRG that is evidence based or well-grounded in research and scholarly thinking. NORC agreed to produce a coherent, concise, yet informative set of primers that will advise democratization assistance practitioners.
Working with lead academic author Dr. Larry Diamond of Stanford University and a group of advanced graduate students of democratization, NORC produced a set of eight short papers on DRG development issues. The final eight primers identified by the research team are:
- Democracy and Conflict
- Democracy and Economic Growth
- Autocratic Resilience
- Economic and Social Requisites for Democracy
- What is Democracy?
- Why Prefer Democracy?
- Political Culture and Democracy
- Democratic Transitions