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 Events

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Towards Cyber Peace, Closing the Accountability Gap

June 30, 2020

Please join the Cyber Policy Center for Towards Cyber Peace, Closing the Accountability Gap, hosted by Cyber Policy Center's Marietje Schaake, along with guests Stéphane Duguin, CEO of the Cyber...

Weapons of the Weak State: Contracts and Consent in Post-Conflict Statebuilding

May 29, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone. Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 924 4971 4330. About the...

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech: Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center Responds

May 29, 2020

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on...

The Social Origins of Egypt's Failed Market Making

May 28, 2020

This event is co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute ABSTRACTThis talk is based on the speaker's new book Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt (Stanford...

Russia’s 2020 Energy Strategy: How the Kremlin’s Hydrocarbon Playbook Continues to Challenge Transatlantic Security

May 20, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recordings: https://youtu.be/fwiKw1WIeZo About the Event: If Russia’s 2020 energy activities have appeared chaotic,...

Anarchic Bargain: Power Trajectories and the Trade-off Motivating Order Formation

May 20, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 913 4480 9317. About the...

Shorenstein APARC Year End Party

May 18, 2020

Center members are invited to the Shorenstein APARC 2019 - 2020 Year End Party on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Seizing the Moment: America's Alliances and the Technology Race

May 15, 2020

This event is co-sponsored with the Cyber Policy Center and the Center for a New American Security.* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recording: https:...

POSTPONED: Do Programmatic Policies Always Win Votes? Evidence from Education Reforms in Tanzania

May 14, 2020

Abstract:Do programmatic policies always yield electoral rewards?

Lebanon’s Uprising in A Time of Crises

May 13, 2020

ABSTRACTThis talk examines the multiple crises manifesting in Lebanon today and their impact on the fate of the uprising that began in October 2019.

POSTPONED: Democratic Discord: When Electoral Democracy Creates Social Conflict

May 7, 2020

Abstract:I label the phenomenon of democratic politicians mobilizing and exacerbating societal conflict to win votes “democratic discord.”  First, I demonstrate the concept of democratic discord...

Federalism and covid: A comparative study of the US, Brazil and Mexico

May 7, 2020

Speaker Bio: Alberto Diaz-Cayeros joined the FSI faculty in 2013 after serving for five years as the director of the Center for US-Mexico studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Global Populisms and Their Challenges: Threats and Potential Solutions

May 7, 2020

A panel discussion on the threat and potential solutions for the rise of global populism.“Populism” has claimed enormous amounts of popular and press attention, with the Brexit vote of 2016, the...

Japan-China Relations in the Pandemic Era and Rising US-China Friction: A Way Forward

May 6, 2020

This event is available through livestream only.

The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race And Presidential Power From Truman To Trump

May 5, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/wV3Jvqri5Ds About the Event: Throughout America’s atomic history, the president has...

Modernization and Democratic Citizenship in East Asia

May 4, 2020

Do middle-class citizens in East Asia support democracy? Do they prefer democracy to other regime types, as modernization theory contends?

Cyber and Covid-19

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 is having a profound impact on our online systems - exposing both the essential role they can and do play in our modern society, and the risks and vulnerabilities they represent....

Which Militants Receive Missiles? Explaining How Organizational Similarities Influence External Provision of Support

April 27, 2020

Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 944 5730 9104. About this Event: Why do some governments give foreign militants missiles that can...

Reconciliations, Settlements, and the Making of Syria’s Illiberal Peace

April 24, 2020

ABSTRACTThe absence of an internationally mandated or internally negotiated peace process has allowed the Syrian regime to craft an illiberal peace as an outcome to the nearly decade-long conflict....

The South China Sea in the Time of COVID-19

April 23, 2020

This event is via Zoom Webinar.

CANCELLED: Book Talk: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

April 23, 2020

Abstract:Ahmet T. Kuru will talk about his new book  Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Trustlessness: The Paradoxes of Cryptocurrency for International Security

April 23, 2020

 Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/cLeMYCUzXvE About this Event: This talk will offer an explanation for a contradiction in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies: similar tools and platforms...

COVID-19: The Economic Impact in China

April 20, 2020

Co-sponsored by the King Center on Global Development and Shorenstein APARC, this virtual panel discusses the impacts of the coronavirus pandemics on China's urban and rural employment and its...

People

Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Brett McGurk Lecturer
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow 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
Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar