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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.

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How Democracies Die

April 2019

 At Daniel Ziblatt's April 11th talk based on scholarship from his recent book co-authored with Steven Levitsky, How Democracies Die, he discussed the current dangers facing democracies around the world, and ways of preventing democracy's...

The Future of Europe

April 2019

 In her April 4th talk at The Europe Center, Professor Kathleen McNamara discussed the future of Europe and the EU in comparative historical terms, showing that such challenges are nothing new when governing power is centralized.  Kathleen R....

The Rise and Implications of Identity Politics

March 2019

Black Lives Matter. Catalan independence. #MeToo. White nationalism. The Islamic State.

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

March 2019

 Panel Debates Report Alleging Covert and Corrupting Chinese Influence in U.S.

Food Insecurity: A 21st Century Threat to Global Security and Stability

May 2018

Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, presented her ongoing research on food insecurity as a global threat on...

Cybersecurity

May 2018

Data breaches. Malware. Theft of corporate secrets. Hacking of elections. As the world’s information has moved more and more online, so have the world’s crime, terrorists, and clandestine operations.

Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?

May 2018

"Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?"Date: May 8, 2018Venue: Koret-Tauble Conference Center, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom 

The Institutional Logic of Governance in China

January 2018

Xueguang Zhou, Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Sociology, and FSI Senior Fellow of Stanford University, kicked off the Stanford China Program's 2018 Winter Colloquia series, "An Expanding Toolkit: The Evolution of...

China-DPRK Relations: From Ally to Albatross

June 2017

Presentation titled "China-DPRK Relations: From Ally to Albatross" delivered by Shorenstein APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar at the Korea Press Center in Seoul, South Korea, on June 28, 2017, part of the public seminar co-sponsored by Shorenstein APARC...

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

The North Korea Crisis

June 2017

Video and transcript from the joint CISAC/Shorenstein APARC panel discussion, "The North Korea Crisis," on May 30, 2017, with James Person, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation at the Center for Korean History and Public Policy; Gi-Wook...

Wind of Change? South Korea under the New Administration

May 2017

Video and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC Korea Program colloquium, "Wind of Change?

15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Keynote Speech by Ian Johnson: Religion After Mao

May 2017

Video and transcript from "15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Keynote Speech by Ian Johnson: Religion after Mao" on May 1, 2017, with keynote speaker and Shorenstein Journalism Award winner Ian Johnson.Following a century of violent anti...

Social Movements and the Networked Public Sphere: The Complexities of Empowerment and Fragility

May 2017

Speaker Bio:Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology.

How Accountable?: Assessing Developments in Accountability at Multilateral Development Banks

May 2017

Abstract:Within the last fifteen years, nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) have established internal accountability offices (IAOs).  These IAOs, the most well-known of which is the World Bank Inspection Panel, allow communities within...

Cultivating the Appearance of Neutrality: Autocratic Propaganda in Africa and Asia

May 2017

Abstract: How do autocrats manipulate the beliefs of their citizens during political crises?

Civil Wars and the Post-Cold War International Order

April 2017

Abstract:By the standards of prosperity and peace, the post-Cold War international order has been  an unparalleled success.

Economic Transformation and Government Reforms in Georgia 2004-2012

April 2017

Abstract:Nika Gilauri, has recently published a book Practical Economics: Economic Transformation and Government Reform in Georgia 2004-2012.

Shameful Preferences and the Legitimization of Europe’s Far Right

April 2017

Abstract:As the number of migrants in Europe has risen in recent years, far right parties have fuelled voters’ fears concerning what the influx will mean for their nations.

The South China Sea: What is to be Done?

April 2017

Audio and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC China Program seminar, "The South China Sea: What is to be Done?", on March 8, 2017, with Donald K.

The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s War on Drugs

April 2017

Abstract:This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

Disruption: Challenges of a New Era

March 2017

CDDRL welcomed Fundacion RAP (Red de Accion Politica) March 19-March 24, for a joint conference: “Disruption: Challenges of a New Era”.

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Karen Eggleston 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
Portrait of Takeo Hoshi Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor by courtesy, Finance
Harold Trinkunas Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology