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  • Declaration of Independence

    Research, Teaching, and Public Engagement on Democracy at a Global Scale

     
  • Candles

    Religion, Race & Democracy Lab
     

    Visit Site >

     
  • Rule of Law

    Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law

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The Democracy Initiative’s Corruption Laboratory for Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law (CLEAR) is debuting a new speaker series, opening with a lunchtime talk this Thursday, Sept. 12, by one of the lab’s co-directors, Sandip Sukhtankar.

Bill Clinton

Just more than 200 years ago, three U.S. presidents gathered to lay the cornerstone for the University of Virginia, a place they hoped would educate the future leaders of their fledgling democracy.

Todd Sechser and Siva Vaidhyanathan

Politics professor Todd Sechser and media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan will direct the two newest labs for interdisciplinary research sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative.

 

SANDIP SUKHTANKAR: AUTHENTICATION STANDARDS AND THE TRADEOFFS IN TACKLING CORRUPTION

Abstract: How should citizens prove their identity in order to access publicly provided goods and services? We use a large-scale experiment to evaluate the effects of more stringent ID requirements based on biometric authentication currently being imposed by the Government of India, characterizing how this has affected errors of inclusion and of exclusion in the delivery of subsidized food in the state of Jharkhand.

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-Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts & Sciences