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. 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.

Scholarly Publications

Caught in the Crossfire: The Geography of Extortion and Police Corruption in Mexico

June 2017

When Mexican President Felipe Caldrón took office in December 2006 he declared a war on the nation’s drug traffic organizations (Ríos and Shirk, 2011).

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

June 2017

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

Authoritarian Survival and Poverty Traps: Land Reform in Mexico

June 2017

This paper examines why governments in underdeveloped countries systematically pursue policies that prevent long-term economic growth.

Other Publications

Conference Report: Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence [June 2015]

June 2017

Following in the footsteps of last year’s international conference on violence and policing in Latin American and U.S.

Conference Report: Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence [June 2015]

June 2015

Following in the footsteps of last year’s international conference on violence and policing in Latin American and U.S.

Conference Report: Violence and Policing in Latin American and U.S. Cities [April 2014]

January 2015

The global cities of Latin America - Rio de Janeiro, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Mexico City and Medellin - have become engines of economic growth.

News

The Problems of Social Order and Violence in Latin America

April 2017

This talk was given during the Stanford's "Disruption: Challenges of a New Era" conference organized by Fundacion RAP,  in March 2017.

Mexico's Deathly Data

November 2016

“We found that when the government came to arrest or kill the leaders of the drug cartels . . .

Police Analysts from Mexico's Commission on National Security Participate in Stanford Workshop

November 2016

The Stanford Program on Poverty and Governance delivered its five-day training course, “Effective Law Enforcement Institutions and Democratic Accountability,” to law enforcement professionals from...

Events

What the U.S. Election Means for Both Sides of the Border

November 28, 2016

Faculty from Anthropology, English and Political Science join Stanford students and staff for perspectives on the U.S.

Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence

April 28, 2015

CONFERENCE OVERVIEWThe heavy presence of youth and young adults in the world of criminality is an issue that has been gaining increasingly more attention in the agendas of policymakers and...

Violence and Policing in Latin American and US Cities

April 28, 2014

The global cities of Latin America - Rio de Janeiro, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Mexico City and Medellin - have become engines of economic growth.

Projects

PovGov Conferences

The Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) conferences bring together academics, policy makers, practitioners, NGOs and citizens to reflect on how the countries in Latin America are meeting the...
English

Autocracies of the World Dataset

Recognizing both historical and contemporary trends in autocratic rule may be fundamental to addressing future research and policy.
English

Economic Consequences of Violence

The Poverty and Governance Program has an ongoing research agenda aiming to evaluate the impact of drug-related violence on economic activity.
English

Multimedia

Antonio Cervantes, "Heroes Cotidianos" La Pandilla

June 2015

This talk is presented in Spanish. To view more media from the conference, please visit: http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/multimedia/povgov-conference-2015 ----Speaker Bio:  Antonio Cervantes is a movie producer from Mexico.

Keynote: Hector Castillo Berthier, Circo Volador

June 2015

This talk is presented in Spanish. To view more media from the conference, please visit: http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/multimedia/povgov-conference-2015 ----Speaker Bio:  Hector Castillo Berthier, PhD in sociology, is an investigator, musician,...

Beatriz Magaloni, Violent Crime as a Global Development Challenge

June 2015

This talk is presented in English. To view more media from the conference, please visit: http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/multimedia/povgov-conference-2015 ----Speaker Bio:  Beatriz Magaloni is an Associate Professor in the Department of political...

People

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Edgar Franco Vivanco Doctoral Candidate, Political Science
Vanessa Melo Graduate Research Assistant, Poverty and Governance
Gustavo Robles Research Associate, CDDRL
Cesángari López Martínez Research Staff, CDDRL