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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.

Recent Events

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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?

Getting China Right: Reassessing Chinese Power and U.S. Policy in Asia

February 25, 2019

 EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by February 22, 2019 at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZCwcHC0qTec2rzj63VALID STANFORD ID CARD MUST BE PRESENTED UPON ARRIVAL...

Not Always Stand Divided: Islamists and Secular Rivals in Tunisia

February 21, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Why were Islamists less polarizing in Tunisia than their counterparts in Egypt after the downfall of the autocratic...

Global Populisms and their International Diffusion (2-day conference)

February 15, 2019

Open to Stanford faculty, students, staff and visting scholars.This conference aims to examine the international aspects of the rise of populism across the globe: the role of international...

Dissident Resilience to Repression: The Case of Pinochet's Chile

February 14, 2019

Abstract:Why do some dissident groups survive government repression while others get eliminated?

Game of Drones: The Effect of Remote Warfighting Technology on Conflict Escalation

February 13, 2019

Abstract: Many scholars and policymakers argue that drone proliferation will be destabilizing.

The 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

February 13, 2019

Brent Christensen is the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Taipei office. Mr.

How We Can Beat the Extremist Threat: A conversation with former Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith

February 13, 2019

AbstractIn How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat, Farah Pandith, the former first...

Building Taiwan’s New Economy: Past Efforts and Future Directions

February 13, 2019

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Rediscovering Internationalism? Japan and the Liberal International Order in the Heisei Era and Beyond

February 12, 2019

The event is jointly sponsored by the Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.The Heisei era started in 1989, with high...

The Future of U.S.-China Relations

February 12, 2019

Please join Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for a conversation with Larry Summers on US-China relations.  Summers will be...

The Oppressive regime in Russia. Moral dilemmas and Lack of Liberal Leadership

February 11, 2019

Abstract:Russia has evolved into an autocracy under Putin's 18-year long rule.

The Future of Europe

February 11, 2019

Brexit, the migrant crisis, the rise of authoritarian regimes, and the eurozone’s calamities have called into question the EU’s very existence.

European Security and Its Future – A “Cool” Perspective from Finland

February 8, 2019

Click here to RSVP Speaker Bio: Ms. Kirsti Kauppi became Ambassador of Finland to the United States in September 2015.

Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy

February 8, 2019

Click here to RSVPAbstract: Greg Miller, Washington Post correspondent, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of The Apprentice, will discuss Russia’s interference in U.S.

Coping with Polarizing-cum-Transforming Politics and Democratic Decay

February 7, 2019

 This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Severe polarization is a global threat that has detrimental effects on democracy and well-being.

Abenomics in the 7th Year: Has it Worked?

February 7, 2019

The event is sponsored by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science andthe Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. When the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan regained the power led by...

Brexit, Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration

February 7, 2019

The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence.

Russian Hybrid War, Ukraine, and US policy

February 7, 2019

Abstract: This talk will discuss the evolution of Russian hybrid war and how the Russians executed it to perfection to seize Crimea.

The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal

February 5, 2019

Over the course of more than three decades as a diplomat, William J. Burns served five Presidents and ten Secretaries of State.

Talking to the Enemy: Explaining Diplomatic Strategy in Conflicts in Asia

February 1, 2019

 EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by February 12, 2019 to: https://goo.gl/forms/h9RRcz4vR9Ybn5cQ2VALID STANFORD ID CARD MUST BE PRESENTED UPON ARRIVAL...

The United States, Europe and Russia in the Age of Trump

February 1, 2019

Click here to RSVPSpeaker Bio: Dr.

People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, 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 Shorenstein APARC 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
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science