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Voting Rights After Shelby County

Ash Center Faculty Affiliate Maya Sen moderates a discussion exploring how the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which upended a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, opened the door to states and local jurisdictions to rewrite voting laws.

Featured Publication

Governance and Politics of China

Tony Saich, Brookings, 2015, Palgrave MacMillan

Tony Saich has published the fourth edition of his seminal textbook, Governance and Politics of China. The revised text seeks to understand better how China is ruled and what the policy priorities are of the new leadership.

Innovation Award

The Ash Center is pleased to announce the 124 winners of its 2015 Bright Idea program, an initiative to further Bright Ideahighlight and promote creative government initiatives and partnerships so that government leaders, public servants, and other individuals can learn about noteworthy ideas and can adopt those initiatives that can work in their own communities.  Winners hail from all levels of government—school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships.

Ash Center Communiqué Spring 2015

The Ash Center's Communique Magazine recaps our recent #Hack4Congress events and highlights the work of Bright Idea Award winners from across the country.  It also profiles Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Humayun Sarabi and the organization he founded to advocate for women's rights in Afghanistan. 

Challenges to Democracy Associate Professor Faculty Grants

The Ash Center is pleased to announce a new Challenges to Democracy grant program providing financial support to HKS professors at the associate level. The purpose of the program is to support associate professors at a critical juncture in their career while building a body of research that contributes to the Ash Center’s strategic priorities of strengthening democratic practices and enhancing institutional innovation in order to meet the profound challenges facing the world’s citizens.

Indonesian Democracy

Jay Rosengard, faculty director of the HKS Indonesia Program describes how Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, has the potential to be a transformational leader -- one with no connection to the country's previous military regime. 

Arab Spring: Why the Modest Harvest?

Tarek MasoudThe Arab Spring's modest harvest cries out for explanation. Why did regime change take place in only four Arab countries and why has democratic change proved so elusive in the countries that made attempts? In the Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform, Tarek Masoud and his co-authors attempt to answer those critical questions by examining the deep historical and structure variables that determined the balance of power between incumbents and opposition.