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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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Does Growth Require Market-Enhancing Institutions?

January 16, 2020

Abstract:Scholars and policymakers maintain that economic growth requires strong legal institutions that can ensure competitive markets.

Russian Propaganda about Syria

December 5, 2019

Co-author Renée DiResta Abstract:When protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in 2011, Russia made good on its decades-long alliance with Syria, providing Assad with diplomatic and...

When Bandits Settle

November 21, 2019

Abstract: Different criminal groups organize differently – crucially, some make attempts to restrain violence on the part of their agents while others engage in unrestrained bloody campaigns.

Comparing Immigration Policies in the US, Canada, and Australia

November 14, 2019

Speaker Bio:Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), the Director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy...

The Costs of Claim-Making in Mexico

November 7, 2019

Abstract:High bureaucratic transaction costs can make it impossible for individuals to claim welfare benefits.

Ill Winds Against Liberal Democracy

October 31, 2019

Speaker Bio:Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The global spread of political polarization

October 24, 2019

Abstract:Political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world—from Brazil, India, and Kenya, to Poland, Turkey, and the United States.

CPC Lunch Seminar Series: Platforms, Speech and Governance

October 22, 2019

Abstract:Facebook recently announced its own version of the Supreme Court: a 40-member board that will make final decisions about user posts that Facebook has taken down.

CPC Lunch Seminar Series | Cybersecurity Futures: Tempering the Dystopia

October 22, 2019

Abstract:Predicting the future is a fool's errand. Or is it?

State Capture in China?

October 17, 2019

Abstract:The dynamic game between political and business elites in both democratic and non-democratic countries has received much attention since the rise of the super-rich in global politics.

Book Talk with Ambassador Susan E. Rice

October 14, 2019

Ambassador Susan Rice will discuss her book, "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For." This event is open to the public and books will be available for sale. Amb.

China, U.S. Universities and the U.S. Science and Technology Workforce

October 4, 2019

China, U.S. Universities and the U.S.

Should We Take Authoritarian Anti-Corruption Seriously?

October 3, 2019

Abstract:Anti-corruption efforts by authoritarian regimes are often assumed to be political charades or excuses to purge rivals.

Developments in Genome Editing Politics and Policy

October 1, 2019

Abstract: A discussion of human and non-human applications of genome editing and associated technologies such as gene drives and the ethical debates surrounding their research, development and...

Interpreting U.S.-China Trade War: Background, Negotiations and Consequences

September 27, 2019

Interpreting U.S.-China Trade War: Background, Negotiations and ConsequencesSince March 2018, the US–China trade conflict has escalated from a tariff war to a technology war, and a strategic...

Xinjiang’s Muslims and the PRC

September 27, 2019

Sponsored by Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of LawWE HAVE REACHED VENUE CAPACITY AND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RSVPSNOTE: THIS EVENT IS...

Russia, The West and Sanctions

September 27, 2019

Click here to RSVP Abstract: The West’s sanctions regime on Russia is unprecedented. Russia is the largest economy ever to be subject to major sanctions.

Contingent Extremism

September 26, 2019

Abstract:What explains the political momentum of far right parties?

Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Doctrine: The Rule of Law and the Role of Strategy

September 25, 2019

Abstract: In 2013, the Obama Administration’s “Nuclear Employment Strategy” guidance announced that all war plans and operations would be “consistent with the fundamental principles of the Law of...

A.I., Semiconductors and Beyond: A U.S. Strategy for Winning the Tech Race with China

September 24, 2019

Stanford University's Hoover Institution in Washington is pleased to invite you to attend the next National Security and Technology Congressional Briefing. The briefing, centered on the U.S.

Authoritarian Legitimation and Insecure Collective Identity: Lessons From Putin’s Russia

September 20, 2019

Abstract: This study brings together social identity theory and the literature on ontological security in international relations to highlight the role of leadership processes for group formation...

Iraq: Past, Present, Future

September 20, 2019

Click here to RSVP*Due to space constraints, space is limited.

Test Event Location

September 19, 2019

Testing the manual entry of venue locations

Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

September 16, 2019

Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: Despite a lull after the fall of the Soviet Union, grassroots activism in Russia is on the rise.

People

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, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Stephen Luby Senior Fellow
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science