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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. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

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. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

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.

Scholarly Publications

Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy

August 2018

Political parties in the United States and Britain used clientelism and patronage to govern throughout the nineteenth century.

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

August 2018

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups.

Weakest strongman: an interview with Harold Trinkunas

July 2018

  Nicolás Maduro may have held on to political power. But the collapse of the state he heads is continuing apace by any measure.

Other Publications

Strengthening Electricity Distribution in Uganda: The Role of Private Equity

September 2018

This case describes the preparations and decisions made by Actis, a leading global emerging markets private equity firm, in the lead-up to its partial divestment via an initial public offering (...

Funding Coca Codo Sinclair: Correa's Bet on Sustainable Power in Ecuador

September 2018

This case is about Ecuador's decision to finance the country's largest hydropower plant: Coca Codo Sinclair.

Taiwan's Place in the Evolving Security Environment of East Asia

July 2018

In March 2018 the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project, a part of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia- Pacific Research Center, convened a workshop that...

News

FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

October 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly...

NPR PODCAST: What Kavanaugh's Confirmation Means For America's Culture Wars

October 2018

"I really do think that the upcoming election in November is one of the most important in American history." NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Francis Fukuyma and Norman Eisen about what Brett...

7th Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

October 2018

Sungmoon Lim (BA '18 Urban Studies) has won the 7th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies for her paper, "Urban Design in the Age of Globalization: An Analysis of the Global...

Events

Domination and Resistance: The State and University in Post-Revolutionary Iran

December 6, 2018

Abstract:The Islamization of universities has been the cornerstone of the Iranian regime’s higher educational policy since its ascent to power in 1979.

Indigenous Identity in Latin America

November 29, 2018

Abstract:Today, nearly 9% of people in Latin America identify as Indigenous, ranging from 2% in Argentina to 30% in Guatemala with high within-country variation.

PDI Seminar Series – Changing Media Landscape

November 27, 2018

Note: This seminar series is open only to Stanford faculty and scholars.The Project on Democracy and the Internet’s Fall Seminar Series on Free Speech, Democracy, and the Internet is hosted by Nate...

Projects

India Colloquia 2017-2018

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China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.
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A New India? The Impact of Twenty-Five Years of Reforms

In 2014, Indian voters gave Narendra Modi and the BJP a mandate to accelerate India’s economic reforms and revitalize its foreign relations, in particular with the United States and with partners...
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Multimedia

Food Insecurity: A 21st Century Threat to Global Security and Stability

May 2018

Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, presented her ongoing research on food insecurity as a global threat on...

Cybersecurity

May 2018

Data breaches. Malware. Theft of corporate secrets. Hacking of elections. As the world’s information has moved more and more online, so have the world’s crime, terrorists, and clandestine operations.

Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?

May 2018

"Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?"Date: May 8, 2018Venue: Koret-Tauble Conference Center, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom 

People

Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Gustavo Robles Research Associate
Harold Trinkunas Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science