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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 Scholarly Publications

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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...

Political Reform and American Democracy

March 2020

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

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...

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...

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency

From America’s leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order—and the very value of liberty.

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,...

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...

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 Paine China 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.

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...

The Failure of Europe's Mainstream Parties

October 2019

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

Symposium on Global Populisms and the European Experience

October 2019

The introduction to this symposium provides a working definition of populist parties and movements and then examines the rise in their support in Europe and the implications of populist rule.

People

Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
lanhee chen 2017 headshot reduced size Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate, CDDRL David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program
Pascaline Dupas Headshot Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR, Director, Stanford King Center on Global Development
man smiling Cameron Tracy Research Scholar
levitt Raymond Levitt Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
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2214 small C RICEMI60239 004078r5X7 Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Photo of Xueguang Zhou Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology