About the Seminar The fall of Indonesia’s New Order regime in 1998 set the stage for competitive elections, but not necessarily for competitive elites. Political elites primarily responded to democratic transition by promiscuously sharing power, not vigorously competing for it. By carving up the cabinet among all significant parties, they constructed what amounted to a party cartel. This threatened to stifle party opposition and effectively immunize party elites from accountability to Indonesian voters. The introduction of direct presidential elections in 2004 disrupted this initial party cartel, but did not necessarily destroy it. Cross-party networks and norms against excluding fellow elites who wish to share executive power appear to remain entrenched. Despite having held three admirably free and fair national elections, Indonesia continues to confront an “accountability trap” between party collusion and the dysfunctional pattern of democratic politics most structurally prone to displace it: presidential domineering.... Read more about Democracy without Accountability: Promiscuous Power Sharing and Presidential Domineering in Indonesia
Goodman Classroom, L-140, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
A Harvard Community Discussion
About the Seminar On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, triggering massive tsunami waves that swept away whole towns and taking the lives of as many as 10,000 people. The earthquake also caused damage to several of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and authorities continue to struggle to bring that crisis under control.
In this panel discussion, faculty members, researchers, and guest panelists will explore the implications of this catastrophic chain of events and discuss the multi-fold challenges facing Japan as it struggles to respond and recover. Dr. Arnold M. Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate a panel that includes:
Professor Michael W. Golay, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jun Kurihara, Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Professor Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, Harvard Kennedy School & Harvard Business School
Professor Shoji Tsuchida, Faculty of Safety Science, Kansai University, Japan
About the Webinar Join us for this free event and listen to experts discuss what they know about bruising as well as the important role of forensic information and technology in effectively investigating cases of elder abuse and neglect. Ample time will be allocated for audience Q & A. The panel will include:
Andy Mao (moderator) – Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse, Department of Justice
Lisa M. Gibbs, M.D. – Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine, School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine
Cherie Hill – Detective, Anaheim Police Department
About the Webinar The Power of Social Innovation Series returns this spring with practitioner-led webinars on timely topics from education reform to economic development. Each webinar features innovators sharing their experiences and insights with fellow practitioners, students and scholars from across the country.
This event is sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and features government leaders and experts from innovative service organizations. The panel will explore efforts to inspire and support people from nontraditional backgrounds and experiences who are making an over-sized impact on our toughest community problems.
About the Webinar The Power of Social Innovation Series returns this spring with practitioner-led webinars on timely topics from education reform to economic development. Each webinar features innovators sharing their experiences and insights with fellow practitioners, students, and scholars from across the country.
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
International Findings from the Legatum Prosperity Index Jiehae Choi, Nathan Gamester, & Ashley Thomas Lenihan Legatum Institute
About the Seminar The Legatum Prosperity Index is the only global assessment of national prosperity that defines ’prosperity’ as encompassing both wealth and well being. The most prosperous nations are not simply those with the highest GDP, but also those with happy, healthy, and free citizens. The Index identifies good governance – effective/accountable government, participatory and fair elections with a reliable rule of law – as one of eight key pillars of a prosperous society. Yet good governance alone does not produce prosperity. Representatives from the Legatum Institute will explain why and how countries can leverage good governance into prosperity. By introducing attendees to the interactive Index, the Institute hopes to spur attendees to ask more questions about global prosperity, use the Index for research, and with your questions and comments help make this Index even better.... Read more about The Impact of Good Governance on Wealth and Happiness
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102
Tarek Masoud, Ash Center
About the Seminar A discussion led by Tarek Masoud, assistant professor of public policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.
Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies Mideast Newsreel series is a new public discussion program in which senior faculty will present an analysis of current events as a key to the understanding of contemporary history in a Middle Eastern country or region.
124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA
Gerry Mackie, University of California San Diego
About the Seminar Gerry Mackie will report on the theory and practice of his work with the West African NGO Tostan since 1998, and UNICEF since 2004, in organizing collective abandonment of female genital cutting and other harmful social practices. His approach combines historical sociology, simple game theory, simple network analysis, social norms, moral psychology, and values deliberations. It was recently declared the “common approach” in a document published by major donor-country development agencies and intergovernmental organizations. The organized change of social norms in the community through values deliberations is a good way to solve some development problems.... Read more about Ending Female Genital Cutting: A Way that Works
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA
Ed Blakely, University of Sydney
About the Seminar As 2010 drew to a close, flood waters were washing across much of the state of Queensland, Australia. By the time they had subsided, they had affected an area larger than France and Germany combined, killed dozens of residents, and inflicted serious damage on remote towns and major cities alike. Just a month later, Cyclone Yasi smashed into north Queensland, straining resources and compounding the suffering already experienced across the state. In this talk, Dr. Blakely will draw upon lessons learned from post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans to explore the challenges that lie ahead as Australia looks to rebuild the flood- and storm-ravaged state. Refreshments will be provided.... Read more about Rebuilding Queensland After the Floods