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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. 

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. 

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 Publications

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Displacing fishmeal with protein derived from stranded methane

Stanford researchers reveal how to turn a global warming liability into a profitable food security solution

Paths of Social-Emotional Development Before 3 Years Old and Child Development After 5 Years Old: Evidence from Rural China

Background: Social-emotional development during the first three years of life is associated with later social-emotional development and cognitive development. In rural China, research...

Democracy's Arc: From Resurgent to Imperiled

In his final essay as co-editor of the Journal of Democracy, Larry Diamond calls this moment the darkest for freedom in a half-century. Whether democracy regains its footing will depend...

Transition Arrested

Nate Grubman shows how the repeated failures of Tunisia’s once-promising democratic transition created a crisis ripe for exploitation by a populist outsider

Bullying Victims in Rural Primary Schools: Prevalence, Correlates, and Consequences

School bullying is a widely recognized problem in developed countries, but remains under-investigated in developing countries, especially in remote rural areas. In this paper, we examine the...

CDDRL 2021 Year in Review

We're pleased to share CDDRL's 2021 Year in Review where you can learn about the important work the Center has accomplished over the last year. We're grateful to our community committed to our...

Nuclear Deterrence and the US-China Strategic Relationship

From Alliances, Nuclear Weapons and Escalation: Managing Deterrence in the 21st Century, edited by Stephan Frühling and Andrew O’Neil, published 2021 by ANU Press, The Australian National...

Towards a unified approach to research on democratic backsliding

A growing literature examines democratic backsliding, but there is little consensus on when, where, and why it occurs.

SCCEI 2021 Annual Report

At SCCEI, we aim to shed some light on what actually is happening in China, and exactly how these happenings might affect the rest of the world. 2021 was an active and busy year for our team. Take...

Community policing does not build citizen trust in police or reduce crime in the Global South

Is it possible to reduce crime without exacerbating adversarial relationships between police and citizens? Community policing is a celebrated reform with that aim, which is now adopted on six...

Examining the Relation between Caregiver Mental Health and Student Outcomes in Rural China

Research continues to highlight the central relationship between caregivers’ mental health and their children’s development. This study examined the relation between primary caregivers’ mental...

Postnatal Mental Health, Hand Washing Practices, and Infant Illness in Rural China

Background: Maternal mental health problems play an important role in infant well-being. Although western countries have extensively studied the associations between maternal mental disorders,...

Markets under Siege: How Differences in Political Beliefs can move Financial Markets

Can differences in beliefs about politics, particularly the benefits of war and peace, move markets? During the Siege of Paris by the Prussian army (1870-71) and its aftermath, we document that...

Urban-Rural Health Insurance Integration in China

Impact on Health Care Utilization, Financial Risk Protection, and Health Status

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Nariman Ustaiev Headshot Nariman Ustaeiv UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Denis Gutenko Headshot Denis Gutenko UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Naimark, Norman Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Hesham Sallam's headshot Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Scholar, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
cain Bruce E. Cain Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL Professor, Humanities and Sciences, Professor, Political Science
Pascaline Dupas Headshot Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR, Director, Stanford King Center on Global Development
Photo of Xueguang Zhou Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
karen 0320 cropprd Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow