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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

ProZorro - From a Volunteer Initiative to a Major State Reform

March 2018

This case examines the decision process of a team of volunteers that started a public procurement reform named ProZorro.

Thailand's Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption

March 2018

This case focuses on a private sector initiative to fight deep-seated corruption in Thailand.

Andrew Grotto Testimony on "Cybersecurity and California Elections"

March 2018

To assess the threat to California's elections systems, the Assembly and Senate elections committees held a joint informational hearing on cybersecurity. The hearing discussed steps California...

News

The Decline of American Public Administration

August 2018

"If you want some notion of the problem, just try uttering the words “public administration” before a roomful of students and watch them look at their phones or start to fall asleep.

Saving the world’s food and water supplies with Ertharin Cousin

August 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

Is America Breaking up the International Order? Q&A with D. Holloway

August 2018

We caught him to hear his views on recent developments in U.S.-Russia relations one last time and to talk about his time at Stanford. At the NATO summit, Trump claimed that Germany “is a captive of...

Events

What's the Matter with Italy?

July 18, 2018

This event is open to Stanford faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars.Roberto D’Alimonte is professor of political science  at Luiss-Guido Carli in Rome and chair of the department of...

FSI in Washington D.C. - North Korea: Now What?

July 5, 2018

Description:The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University (FSI) brings you an expert panel discussion in Washington, DC:North Korea: Now What?Stanford experts on the...

The Global Economic Order before (and after) Western Hegemony: Chinese-Middle Eastern Relations from the Silk Road to "One Belt, One Road"

June 11, 2018

The Western, or liberal, international order which emerged after World War II reflects the culmination of a centuries-long process of European, and later American, economic and political...

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

Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Photo of Anna Grzymala-Busse Anna Grzymala-Busse Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science