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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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Shorenstein APARC Annual Orientation Luncheon & Photoshoot

June 18, 2019

Center members are cordially invited to the Shorenstein APARC 2019 - 2020 Orientation Luncheon on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

CDDRL Seminar Featuring Honor Student Awardees

June 5, 2019

Two CDDRL honors students will present their theses at this week's CDDRL Research Seminar on Wednesday, June 5, from 12-1:30pm.    Sophia Pink's thesis, "Think like a Scientist: Interventions to...

Elusive inclusion – South Africa’s continuing struggle

May 30, 2019

Abstract:Efforts are underway in South Africa to turn around a decade of governance reversal.

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

May 23, 2019

Abstract:Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule.

Fighting to End Hunger at Home & Abroad: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin shares her journey & lessons learned

May 22, 2019

Fighting to End Hunger at Home & Abroad:  Ambassador Ertharin Cousin shares her journey & lessons learnedA Conversation in Global Health with Ertharin CousinFSI Payne Distinguished Lecturer...

Securing Our Cyber Future: Innovative Approaches to Digital Threats

May 21, 2019

Securing Our Cyber Future: Innovative Approaches to Digital Threats8:30 - 9:15 AM: Registration; Breakfast available9:15 - 9:30 AM: Opening remarksDan Boneh, Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford...

Ill Winds: Book Launch and Discussion with Larry Diamond

May 20, 2019

Please join Larry Diamond, Senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs and the Hoover Institution for the launch of his latest book, "Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from...

Memory and Forgetting in Autocracies

May 16, 2019

Abstract: How do memory and forgetting shape politics in autocracies?

Left-Wing Authoritarianism: The Marxists and the Machiavellians

May 14, 2019

This presentation distinguishes left-wing authoritarianism from right-wing authoritarianism, and further disaggregates left-wing authoritarian regimes into Marxist and Machiavellian subtypes.

Cosmopolitanism and the Crisis of Social Identity

May 9, 2019

Abstract:The recent surge in nationalism and tribalism brings renewed salience to questions of identity within and across borders.

Measuring Governance Cross-Nationally

May 7, 2019

CLOSED WORKSHOPSince 2012, the Governance Project at CDDRL has sought to develop better comparative measures of state quality.

Social Voting in Semi-Authoritarian Systems

May 7, 2019

Abstract:In dominant-party states, why do individuals vote in elections with foregone conclusions when they are neither bought nor coerced?

Haunted By Chaos: China's Grand Strategy From Mao Zedong To Xi Jinping

May 6, 2019

Abstract: Before the CCP came to power, China lay broken. Today it is a force on the global stage, but its leaders remain haunted by the past.

Can Nationalism Be A Resource for Democracy? Lessons From Asia

May 2, 2019

Abstract: Inequality has long been widely and rightly seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy.

Hard Truths in Syria: America Can’t Do More With Less, and It Shouldn’t Try

May 1, 2019

Abstract: Sound strategy requires alignment of ends, ways, and means.

Emotional Labor and the Power of International Bureaucrats: The ASEAN Secretariat in Comparative Perspective

April 30, 2019

Bureaucrats become powerful when they stage emotionally calibrated performances as “servants” before state principals, earn their trust, and carve out space for action through “whispering,” ...

The Polarization of Nationalist Cleavages and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

April 25, 2019

Abstract:Using survey data from a variety of sources, I examine how multiple conceptions of American nationhood shaped respondents’ voting preferences in the 2016 U.S.

Second Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"

April 23, 2019

Second Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"March 1 - 2, 2019Philippines Conference RoomSponsored by: Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Japan Foundation...

Algerian Uprisings Past and Present

April 23, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.  Abstract:Since February 22 2019, Algerians have taken to the streets in massive numbers to call for an end to a protean...

Venezuela's Crisis: Chávez, Maduro and Beyond?

April 18, 2019

Abstract:Venezuela finds itself mired in an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

The War Scare That Wasn’t

April 18, 2019

Abstract: Did the Cold War of the 1980s nearly turn hot?

U.S.-China Economic Tensions and Their Implications

April 17, 2019

WE HAVE REACHED VENUE CAPACITY AND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RSVPS Rising US-China economic tensions are normal and were to be expected as China modernized.

Is Japan Resurgent? Measuring Military Assertiveness and Nationalism in Asia's Other Great Power

April 16, 2019

 EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by Friday, May 10, 2019RSVP Now ABSTRACT: Many commentators and scholars declare that Tokyo is shedding its postwar...

What Do Politicians Want?

April 11, 2019

Abstract:This talk develops a framework to analyze how strategic politicians make tradeoffs and prioritize among six objectives (winning and staying in office, “good policy”, institutional power,...

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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
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
Brett McGurk Lecturer
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science