Governance

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 Scholarly Publications

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Putin, Putinism, and the Domestic Determinants of Russian Foreign Policy

October 2020

Why did Russia's relations with the West shift from cooperation a few decades ago to a new era of confrontation today?

Political partisanship influences behavioral responses to governors’ recommendations for COVID-19 prevention in the United States

September 2020

Voluntary physical distancing is essential for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Spatial Models, Legislative Gridlock, and Resource Policy Reform

August 2020

This review evaluates the use of spatial models for the analysis of policymaking. First, we examine spatial theory and its applications in a variety ofinstitutional settings.

Hepatitis C Treatment in Prisons — Incarcerated People’s Uncertain Right to Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy

August 2020

In a recent perspective published by the New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM), Stanford Law student Alexandra Daniels analyzed a growing body of federal litigation brought by prisoners with the...

Multilateral Trade Bargaining: A First Look at the GATT Bargaining Records

July 2020

This paper empirically examines recently declassified tariff bargaining data from the GATT/WTO.

The Challenges and Opportunities for Social Media Research

July 2020

Concluding Chapter of Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform (Cambridge Press, forthcoming September 2020) Nathaniel Persily and Joshua A.

Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion

June 2020

American democracy is in trouble.

Ethics and Governance for Digital Disease Surveillance

May 2020

Digital epidemiology—the use of data generated outside the public health system for disease surveillance—has been in use for more than a quarter century [see supplementary materials (SM)].

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally — The U.S. Response to Covid-19

May 2020

Covid-19 has exposed major weaknesses in the United States’ federalist system of public health governance, which divides powers among the federal, state, and local governments.

Facebook Filters, Fundamental Rights, and the CJEU’s Glawischnig-Piesczek Ruling

May 2020

ABSTRACT: The Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) 2019 ruling in Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook Ireland** addresses courts’ powers to issue injunctions requiring internet hosting...

Beyond War and Contracts: The Medieval and Religious Roots of the European State

May 2020

Where does the state come from? Two canonical answers have been interstate wars and contracts between rulers and the ruled in the early modern period.

Weasel Words and the Analysis of “Postcommunist” Politics: A Symposium

May 2020

A weasel word is a term used in academic or political discourse whose meaning is so imprecise or badly defined that it impedes the formulation of coherent thought on the subject to which it is...

Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

May 2020

Explore our series of multimedia interviews and Q&As with the contributors to this volume:  China Faces Tough Decisions and Stronger Headwinds China’s Incentives to Work Within the U.S.-led...

China’s Challenges: Now It Gets Much Harder

March 2020

The easy phases of China’s quest for wealth and power are over. After forty years, every one of a set of favorable conditions has diminished or vanished, and China’s future, neither inevitable nor...

Egypt’s Consolidated Authoritarianism

March 2020

The current Egyptian political scene reveals an important paradox: since its ascendancy to power in 2013, the military-led authoritarian government has not faced significant challenges from civil...

Political Reform and American Democracy

March 2020

The 2016 election brought into sharp relief the anomalies and imperfections of our democratic institutions.

Consequences of Authoritarian Party Exit and Reinvention for Democratic Competition

February 2020

How do the successors to authoritarian ruling parties influence subsequent democratic party competition?

“Nash-in-Nash” tariff bargaining

January 2020

We provide an equilibrium analysis of the efficiency properties of simultaneous bilateral tariff negotiations in a three-country model of international trade.

Is There a Future for Multilateral Trade Agreements? (Chapter in The Handbook of Global Trade Policy)

January 2020

This chapter examines the World Trade Organization (WTO), its history and its relevancy today to our understanding of trade agreements.

Engaging, Empowering, and Enabling Youth to Lead Social Action in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

January 2020

This study is the result of over four years of active collaboration between the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab (PovGov) and the Rio-based NGO Agency for Youth Networks (hereafter, Agency)....

Public Good Provision and Traditional Governance in Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca, Mexico

January 2020

Can ethnically distinct communities ruled through “traditional” assemblies provide public goods and services better, than when they are ruled by leaders elected through “modern” multiparty...

The Internet’s Challenge to Democracy: Framing the Problem and Assessing Reforms

November 2019

The Program on Democracy and the Internet runs the work of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age which will produce guidelines to support democracies, particularly...

Macron Versus the Yellow Vests

October 2019

Since November 2018, a grassroots revolt of the forgotten lower middle classes from France’s far-flung suburbs and rural areas has risen against high taxes; social injustice; and the elites,...

People

Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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krasner Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
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colin kahl Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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Michael Bennon Pic Michael Bennon Research Scholar, CDDRL Program Manager, Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative