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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 News

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Video: Karen Eggleston on the Global Threat of Antibiotic Resistance and Richard Zeckhauser’s Impact on Health Policy

December 2018

People who are acquainted with the work of Shorenstein APARC’s Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) may be aware of the Innovation for Healthy Aging collaborative research project led by APARC Deputy...

Student Explores Opportunities in China through Internship Supported by APARC

December 2018

Yvonne Lee, ’19, hopes to work full time in China someday.

New report from Stanford scholars seeks to demystify the biosecurity landscape

December 2018

From genome editing to “hacking” the microbiome, advances in the life sciences and its associated technological revolution have already altered the biosecurity landscape, and will continue to do so...

Francis Fukuyama on the Root of 'Identity' Politics

December 2018

CDDRL director Francis Fukuyama believes America's increased political polarization can be traced back to a universal desire for recognition.

Are 'identity politics’ really a threat to democracy?

December 2018

CDDRL Director, Francis Fukuyama talks in an interview for Al Jazeera how identity policy is hurting democracy. Watch here.

APARC Scholar on Taiwan's Local Elections

November 2018

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a large setback in Taiwan’s local elections on November 24, 2018, with voters delivering a sharp rebuke to President Tsai Ing-wen.We curate here...

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Anna Fifield and Expert Panel Discuss Change and Continuity in North Korea

November 2018

“I learned long ago to never predict anything about North Korea.”So began the keynote address by Anna Fifield, veteran journalist and winner of the 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

November 2018

Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the...

MIP Internship Q&A: Manuel Ramos

November 2018

Manuel Ramos is a Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) student at Stanford University in the Class of 2019.

Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan Conference Final Report

October 2018

On August 9, 2018 the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC) Japan Program hosted a conference, "Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan." Women thought-leaders and...

FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

October 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly...

NPR PODCAST: What Kavanaugh's Confirmation Means For America's Culture Wars

October 2018

"I really do think that the upcoming election in November is one of the most important in American history." NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Francis Fukuyma and Norman Eisen about what Brett...

7th Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

October 2018

Sungmoon Lim (BA '18 Urban Studies) has won the 7th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies for her paper, "Urban Design in the Age of Globalization: An Analysis of the Global...

PODCAST - Francis Fukuyama: Identity and the Politics of Resentment

October 2018

Francis Fukuyama explains to the Commonwealth Club how our connection to personal identities has disconnected us from a base understanding of dignity. Listen here. 

CVID approach to North Korea's nuclear program faces significant challenges

October 2018

The recent developments in North Korea's summit diplomacy and the feasibility of CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement) of the nuclear program have received unprecedented...

Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

October 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

Francis Fukuyama "I think he is the first truly racist President."

September 2018

52 Insights Magazine interviews Francis Fukuyama on the politics of identity, the end of the EU and Trump. Read here. 

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

September 2018

Tune into Jen Psaki in conversation with Francis Fukuyama about his views on the current state of identity politics in the U.S. and what he views to be the new American identity. Listen here. 

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama Says Identity Politics Are Killing America and Empowering Donald Trump

September 2018

Nick Gillespie talks with Francis Fukuyama about the possibilites of creating a national identity capabale of uniting all Americans. Listen here.

Visiting Southeast Asia Expert Explores Political Behavior and Institutions in Vietnam

September 2018

  A Q&A with Paul Schulerby Thom HolmeThe start of a new academic year is always filled with excited anticipation by all of us at Shorenstein APARC.

Michael McFaul's testimony to Congress on Russian sanctions

September 2018

The following is Michael McFaul’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee regarding sanctions on Russia, given on September 6, 2018.

Huntington’s Legacy

August 2018

"Samuel Huntington was not right about everything.

Taiwan should ‘play for time,’ Larry Diamond says

August 2018

Larry Diamond discussed the DPP government’s pursuit of transitional justice and its approach to cross-strait ties in an interview with ‘Taipei Times’ reporter Sean Lin in Taipei, arguing for a...

Identity and the End of History

August 2018

"History is directional and progressive, and the modernization process points to liberal democracy as its fullest embodiment.

People

Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science