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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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Mis-governing education: Sou​th Africa's education bureaucracy

May 30, 2019

Abstract:Across the world, access to education has increased, but quality remains low.

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.

Memory and Forgetting in Autocracies

May 16, 2019

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

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.

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?

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.

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 NowVALID STANFORD ID CARD MUST BE PRESENTED UPON ARRIVALABSTRACT: Many commentators and...

Defense Without Deterrence: Indian Military Strategy in the 1965 War

April 11, 2019

EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by Wednesday, April 17, 2019RSVP NowABSTRACT: Why does success in combat sometimes fail to produce a stable and durable...

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,...

U.S.-China Diplomacy: 40 Years of What’s Worked and What has Not

April 9, 2019

U.S.-China relations has reached a watershed moment.  Even as both nations reassess the trajectory of their bilateral relationship, James Green, who recently served as Minister Counselor for Trade...

JIIA-Stanford Symposium: “The Past, Present, and Future International Order in East Asia”

April 5, 2019

The JIIA-Stanford Symposium"The Past, Present, and Future International Order in East Asia" May 10, 2019Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Stanford UniversitySponsored and organized by the...

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum

April 5, 2019

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum May 2, 2019Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford UniversitySponsored and organized by Nikkei Inc., The Hoover Institution, and the Walter H...

Why Are Some Democracies So Violent? (And How Can They Recover?)

April 4, 2019

Abstract:The most violent places in the world today are not at war.

America's Middle East Purgatory: The Case for Doing Less

April 4, 2019

Abstract: President Trump may talk about the Middle East differently than Obama did.

Elections in a time of fragmentation and polarization: the European Parliament and Belgium

April 3, 2019

The EU and its member states are currently facing a number of extraordinary internal and external challenges.

Drell Lecture: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

March 29, 2019

Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security, and author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War   In...

The Market Model: Comparative Immigration Regimes in 30 Countries Worldwide

March 28, 2019

Professor Justin Gest will present an unique study of immigration governance across 30 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, East Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Applying Neutron Balance to the Electrorefiner for Pyroprocessing Safeguards

March 27, 2019

Abstract: A safeguards assessment was conducted of the proposed Korean Advanced Pyroprocessing Facility Plus (KAPF+) facility to determine if a nuclear safeguards concept, neutron balance method,...

Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

March 27, 2019

Click here to RSVP Abstract: Why were Western expectations about how Russia would develop after the Soviet collapse so misplaced?

Coercing Syria on Chemical Weapons

March 27, 2019

Speaker's Biography: Jeff Knopf is a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, California, where he serves as chair of the M.A.

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
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution