Mission of the Center
The Center for the Study of Democratic Performance (CSDP) at Florida State University promotes research on how democratic institutions and processes affect such things as voting, representation, and policy making in order to assess the extent to which the practice of democracy conforms to democratic ideals.
To accomplish this end, the CSDP provides research support for Center faculty and graduate students, research assistantships to exceptional undergraduate students, sponsors lectures and conferences, and maintains a working paper series on this web site.
February Center Events to Focus on Leadership
The Center will co-host two events in February that focus on issues of leadership in government. The Public Forum on Leadership in Tough Times, featuring former Florida Governor Bob Martinez and Representative Ron Saunders, will be held Thursday February 3, 2011 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the FSU Law School Rotunda. Friday February 4, the Center will co-host the mini-conference Leadership in Political and Economic Life in the DeVoe Moore Center. Invitees include Torun Dewan, London School of Economics, Eric Dickson, New York University, Macartan Humphreys, Columbia, and Margaret Levi, University of Washington. Details about the conference can be found here.
Five students from the Political Science Research Intensive Bachelor's Certificate (RIBC) Program at Florida State University presented their original research at the Southern Political Science Association Meetings held in New Orleans January 5th through the 9th. The annual conference attracted nearly 900 political science faculty and graduate students from across the nation. Their papers addressed issues in human rights, environmental regulation, representation of citizen interests, and the role of popular media on public opinions.
Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation
The Center sponsors internships for the Research Intensive Bachelor's Certificate Program. Students from this program presented their original research to faculty at a poster presentation Department of Political Science in May. Students developed their research presentations as part of a year-long curriculum that emphasizes advanced training in empirical research methods and hands-on research experience.The program culminates with a Center Internship to work with faculty on research projects. For more information about this program, visit the RIBC website.