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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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The Decline of American Public Administration

August 2018

"If you want some notion of the problem, just try uttering the words “public administration” before a roomful of students and watch them look at their phones or start to fall asleep.

Saving the world’s food and water supplies with Ertharin Cousin

August 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

Is America Breaking up the International Order? Q&A with D. Holloway

August 2018

We caught him to hear his views on recent developments in U.S.-Russia relations one last time and to talk about his time at Stanford. At the NATO summit, Trump claimed that Germany “is a captive of...

Social Media and Censorship

August 2018

"The idea that the big internet platforms are not media companies has never really been tenable, and the contradictions in their public protestations of neutrality have become ever more apparent...

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

August 2018

The recent development of the North Korea's summit diplomacy and feasibility of CVID (Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement) of the nuclear program have received unprecedented...

Teaching Public Policy, part 2

August 2018

"In my previous post, I noted how public policy education needs to shift its focus from training policy analysts to training leaders who are capable of actually implementing good policies.

Gi-Wook Shin on Korea

August 2018

Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, regularly writes on Korean affairs for Korean audience.

Digital Media: Combatting Threats in the Era of Fake News

July 2018

"What is different today is the speed and extraterritorial reach of disinformation.

Michael McFaul named the new Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies

July 2018

To recognize his exceptional contributions to political science, FSI Director Michael McFaul has been named the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies, effective June...

From the Experts: FSI on the Helsinki Summit 2018

July 2018

Quick-Take: Helsinki 2018 with David Holloway  Q:What specific results/agreements have come out of the meeting? A: That’s not clear.  We have only the press conference to go on.  Putin mentioned a...

Web-Event: E. Donahoe in 'Pulling at the Strings: Kremlin's Interference in Elections'

July 2018

Today, while the President of the United States challenged the US intelligence agencies’ conclusion on Russia’s interference in 2016 election, the Atlantic Council and the Alliance of Democracies...

North Korea expert selected as 2018-19 Koret Fellow

July 2018

Andray Abrahamian will be the 2018-19 Koret Fellow in the Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC).

H.R. McMaster appointed the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at FSI

July 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University is very pleased to announce that Lieutenant General H.R.

Meet the next generation of Ukraine’s leaders

July 2018

 Selected from among 668 applicants, the 2018-19 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) stood out for their outstanding civic records...

Anwar in the wings as Malaysia remakes its democracy

June 2018

Bedecked with skyscrapers, Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is a high-rise city.

Anwar in the wings as Malaysia remakes its democracy

June 2018

"Will the ruse fool the devil? Will renascent Malaysian democracy survive?

In Search of the Indo-Pacific: Commentary from 2018 IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

June 2018

The 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue on 1-3 June in Singapore might as well have been renamed the “Indo-Pacific Dialogue.” In the plenaries and the panels, in the Q&As, corridors, and coffee breaks,...

Applications for Travel Awards: Conference on Future Visions in Korean Studies

June 2018

The Korea Program invites junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to apply for travel awards to attend an upcoming two-day conference organized by the Korea Program at Stanford...

APARC Says Farewell to 2017-2018 Corporate Affiliate Visiting Fellows

June 2018

 On May 24, Shorenstein APARC hosted the final three research presentations by this year’s Corporate Affiliate Visiting Fellows.

Why We Find Self-Driving Cars So Scary

May 2018

"Take note, Elon Musk: Even if autonomous cars are safer overall, the public will accept the new technology only when it fails in predictable and reasonable ways," writes Jerry Kaplan in The Wall...

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2018

May 2018

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is proud to announce our 2018 Draper Hills Summer Fellows who were selected from among hundreds of applicants for their path-breaking...

Representative Steve Russell speaks to Stanford students on the role of Congress in national security

May 2018

On May 30, Congressional Representative Steve Russell spoke to Stanford students enrolled in Technology and Security (MS&E 193/293) about the role of Congress in national security. 

People

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
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
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Gustavo Robles Research Associate
Harold Trinkunas Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science