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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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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...

A Brief History of Security

June 7, 2018

Speaker(s) Bio: Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of...

CDDRL Weekly Research Seminar featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 31, 2018

TITLE:  The China Wide Web:  The information Dilemma and the Domestsication of  Cyberspace Qitong Tom CaoMajor:  Political Science; Computer Science (minor); MS&E (Computational Social Science)...

Learning Lessons? A Comparison of Planning for the Occupations of Japan and Iraq

May 24, 2018

Abstract:In 2002 and 2003, Americans pointed to Japan after the Second World War as a model which proved that enemy countries could be remade into stable democratic allies through short military...

South Africa: Expanding circle of democratization

May 17, 2018

Abstract:The South African democratic process has crossed two significant milestones.

Crimea: Russia's Unique Experiment on Integration of Annexed Territory | A Conversation with Mustafa Dzhemilev

May 15, 2018

This event is now full. Please send an email to sj1874@stanford.edu if you would like to be added to the wait list. Crimea has become a precedent in the newest world history.

Ford Dorsey Master's Program in International Policy Webinar

May 15, 2018

Online Event Interested in learning more about the Ford Dorsey Master's Program in International Policy at Stanford University?

An Evening with Ece Temelkuran

May 14, 2018

An Evening with ECE TEMELKURANTurkish writer and author of The Time of Mute Swans and Turkey: The Insane and the MelancholyMonday, May 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Media Literacy and Civic Confusion: Why What We're Teaching Adds to the Problem

May 10, 2018

Abstract:In the face of information pollution, legislators in seven states have drafted bills to mandate courses in "media literacy" and “digital citizenship.” But what if the problem is not the...

Valuing Peace: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on Votes and Political Attitudes

May 3, 2018

Abstract:Financial markets expose individuals to the broader economy.

Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945

May 1, 2018

RSVP required: Click here to register.This is a book talk with Carter Eckert, the author of Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945Discussants:Barak Kushner: Reader in...

Kofi Annan, in conversation with Francis Fukuyama

May 1, 2018

Co-sponsor: WSD HANDA Center Speaker(s) Bio:Kofi Annan is the Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation which mobilizes political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. Mr.

Government Purchases and Firm Growth: Evidence from South Korea's Public Procurement Market

May 1, 2018

Public procurement accounts for a substantial portion of the taxpayers' money: approximately 12% of GDP and 29% of government expenditure in OECD countries. Governments are expected to carry it out...

Sentiment, Reason, and Law: Policing in the Republic of China on Taiwan

April 30, 2018

The Republic of China on Taiwan spent nearly four decades as a single-party state under dictatorial rule (1949-1987) before transitioning to liberal democracy.

Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy Coterm Info Session

April 27, 2018

Interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in International Policy?

Torture as a method of criminal investigation: the case of criminal justice reform in Mexico

April 26, 2018

 Speaker Bio:Beatriz Magaloni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford...

Social Media and Democracy: Assessing the State of the Field and Identifying Unexplored Questions

April 19, 2018

Organized by the Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council, in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Center for Advanced Study...

Inviting Intervention

April 19, 2018

Abstract:Foreign intervention sometimes enters by domestic invitation.

The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and Government

April 17, 2018

The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and GovernmentTuesday, April 24, 2018Reception at 5:00pm.

Knight Hennessy Scholars Information Session

April 12, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 05:00 PM until 06:00 PMPeking UniversityAtrium M11Beijing 100871ChinaThis event is intended for students and recent alumni of this university.

The Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

April 12, 2018

Sponsor:  Bill Lane Center for the American West and Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law     Abstract: John A.

People

Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Image of Christophe Crombez Christophe Crombez Senior Research Scholar Senior Research Scholar, TEC
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
Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Professor, Strategic Director of CDDRL Strategic Director of CCDRL
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution