Governance

Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. 

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. 

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent Publications

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Weasel Words and the Analysis of “Postcommunist” Politics: A Symposium

May 2020

A weasel word is a term used in academic or political discourse whose meaning is so imprecise or badly defined that it impedes the formulation of coherent thought on the subject to which it is...

What Would a Second Trump Term Do to the Federal Bureaucracy?

April 2020

American public service is under grave threat.

Global Populisms and Their Challenges

March 2020

“Populism” has claimed enormous amounts of popular and press attention, with the Brexit vote of 2016, the election of President Donald J.

Consequences of Authoritarian Party Exit and Reinvention for Democratic Competition

February 2020

How do the successors to authoritarian ruling parties influence subsequent democratic party competition?

30 Years of World Politics: What Has Changed?

January 2020

Since the publication of the Journal of Democracy began in 1990, the political climate has shifted from one of democratic gains and optimism to what Larry Diamond labels a “democratic recession.”...

The Failure of Europe's Mainstream Parties

October 2019

The failure of mainstream political-party competition fueled the rise of populism in Europe.

Symposium on Global Populisms and the European Experience

October 2019

The introduction to this symposium provides a working definition of populist parties and movements and then examines the rise in their support in Europe and the implications of populist rule.

Conclusion: The Global Forces of Populism

October 2019

Three themes emerge from this symposium. First, populism is largely shaped by (and is influencing) mainstream party political competition.

How Populists Rule: The Consequences for Democratic Governance

September 2019

Poland and Hungary are two European countries where populist parties govern without coalition partners.

IMMIGRATION AND POPULISM IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA, AND THE UNITED STATES

July 2019

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world experienced the rise of a global populist movement built around ethnic nationalism and hostility to foreigners and immigration.

The Nationalist International

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

The World Social Media Survey (WSMS)

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Russia's Promotion of Illiberal Populism: Tools, Tactics, Networks

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Responding to the Illiberal Toolkit: From Turkey to Central Europe

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Heads Will Troll: An Analysis of Links Shared by IRA Twitter Accounts

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

The Dark Arts of Deception: What’s Old? What’s New? What’s Next?

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Democracy’s Dilemma

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019. This is a work in progress.

How Can We Know if Russia is a Threat to Western Democracy? Understanding the Impact of Russia's Second Wave of Election Interference

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Doxing Political Leaders: The German ‘Advent Calendar’ Case and the Role of Cybersecurity

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Great Powers and Autocratic Diffusion

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

The European Union’s Authoritarian Equilibrium

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Putinism and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

Cyber Threats to Election Integrity

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.

The Two-Sided Sword of Russian Propaganda

March 2019

This document is a memo from the "Global Populisms and their International Diffusion Conference" held at Stanford University on March 1-2, 2019.This is a work in progress.