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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Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China's Future

May 2020

China's future will be determined by how its leaders manage its myriad interconnected challenges.

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...

AI Policy and China: Realities of State-Led Development

October 2019

When China's government announced its ambitions for the country’s theoretical, technological, and applied artificial intelligence development to reach a “worldleading level” by 2030, governments...

Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

October 2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue...

A National Office for Strategic Foresight Anchored in Critical Science and Technologies

October 2019

Bio: Amy WebbDespite an abundance of technical experts across its agencies, the federal government lacks a centralized office charged with long-range, comprehensive, streamlined planning to address...

Win-Win: A Public Private Strategy for Dramatically Improving National Security Tech

October 2019

Bio: Anthony VinciThe next presidential term will confront an increasingly urgent question of how to compete with China, economically and militarily.

Compete, Contest and Collaborate: How to Win the Technology Race with China

October 2019

Bios:  Anja Manuel, Pavneet Singh, Thompson PaineChina systematically extracts advanced technology from the West.

Semiconductors and a Strategic National Technology Policy

October 2019

The current regulatory and legislative infrastructure is poorly suited to address the new challenges to U.S. leadership and innovation in key technology sectors.

The Failure of Europe's Mainstream Parties

October 2019

The failure of mainstream political-party competition fueled the rise of populism in Europe.

Potential for Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Japan

June 2019

Promotion of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) into Japan has been an important policy in the Abenomics growth strategy.

African States Since Independence: Order, Development, and Democracy (Castle Lecture Series)

May 2019

Authors Christensen and Laitin argue that an interplay of geographic, historical, and demographic factors undergird sub‑Saharan states’ post‑independence struggles to eradicate poverty, establish...

Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China’s Human Capital

March 2019

This paper describes the current level of human capital in China and seeks to identify a number of education-related challenges that may slow down the nation’s economy from transitioning to high...

Computer Science Skills Across China, India, Russia, and the United States

March 2019

We assess and compare computer science skills among final-year computer science undergraduates (seniors) in four major economic and political powers that produce approximately half of the science,...

In Search of Democracy 4.0: Is Democracy as We Know It Destined to Die?

March 2019

There are plenty of indicators of doom: Donald Trump riding roughshod over U.S.

State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

January 2019

Offensive cyber operations have become increasingly important elements of U.S. national security policy.

Governance of the global commons: a question of supply and demand, the answer of polycentricism

December 2018

Edited by Samuel Cogolati and Jan WoutersGiven the new-found importance of the commons in current political discourse, it has become increasingly necessary to explore the democratic, institutional,...

Knowledge Management for Democratic Governance of Socio-Technical Systems (Chapter in The Future of Digital Democracy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.)

December 2018

The Digital Transformation (DX) is a broad term describing the changes and innovations brought about by the introduction of information and communication technologies into all aspects of society....

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

Governance Innovation for a Connected World: Protecting Free Expression, Diversity and Civic Engagement in the Global Digital Ecosystem

November 2018

The emergence of a global digital ecosystem has been a boon for global communication and the democratization of the means of distributing information.

Scarcity in abundance: the challenges of promoting energy access in the Southern African region

October 2018

Abstract: The paper deals with the challenges of energy access, efficiency and security as essential conditions to improve people's living in the Southern African region.

People

Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Brett McGurk Lecturer
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita