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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

State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

January 2019

Offensive cyber operations have become increasingly important elements of U.S. national security policy.

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

Other Publications

Choosing the Japanese Way: Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Myanmar

January 2019

From 1962 onward, Myanmar was a military dictatorship.

The European Silk Road: Montenegro's Decision to Build a New Highway

December 2018

In this case, Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanović must decide whether to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Pacific Construction Group to build a highway between his country...

FSI Publications 2017 - 2018

December 2018

The faculty of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies enjoyed a productive period of policy-resonant scholarship spanning from winter quarter 2017 to fall quarter 2018.  This...

News

China Program Convenes Leading Scholars to Discuss the Field of Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping and to Chart Its Future

February 2019

(From left to right): Three of the presenters during the first plenary session: Professors Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan; Melanie Manion, Duke University; and Jean Oi, Stanford University...

A Remedy for Government Shutdowns: “No Play, No Pay.”

February 2019

Bruce E. Cain tells The American Interest that a constitutional amendment could be just the incentive members of Congress need to compromise in the face of government shutdowns. Read it here. 

PODCAST: Jaw-Jaw: How Chinese Sharp Power Takes Aim at American Democracy

February 2019

Larry Diamond breaks down Beijing’s efforts to direct “sharp power” against institutions in the United States in this podcast. Listen here. 

Events

The Populist Citizen

March 14, 2019

Abstract:To what extent do European citizens have a populist view of politics? Under what conditions are these populist attitudes more prevalent?

Reelection, Political Selection, and Economic Development

March 7, 2019

Abstract: We assemble novel data from approximately 120 countries around the world on recent reelection rates of legislators to the national lower house of representatives.

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

February 28, 2019

Abstract:Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy?

Projects

A New Cold War?: Sharp Power, Strategic Competition, and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

Trade conflict has exploded. The media is rife with stories of China’s unfair trade practices, cyber theft, IP theft and forced technology transfers.
English

South Asia Colloquia

Launched in 2016, this series of public lectures features academics, government practitioners, and business experts who explore contemporary issues focused on the countries of South Asia—their...
English

Research Seminar Series

The CISAC Research Seminar Series features speakers that present on topics related to international security and their policy implications.
English

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

Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution