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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.

Other Publications

El Salvador’s La Unión Port: Foundering in a Sea of Politics

August 2016

Guillermo López Suárez, the new head of El Salvador’s port authority, faces a dilemma: how to get the brand new La Unión port running.

Report: State Strengthening in Afghanistan

June 2016

About the ReportIn March 2015, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Chatham House, and Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law held a two-day conference...

Choosing China: Ghana's $3 Billion Loan Decision

April 2016

This case examines the decision process concerning the 2011 $3 billion loan proposal from the China Development Bank (CDB) to the Government of Ghana.

News

Stanford Draper Hills’ fellow arrested and beaten in Belarus

March 2017

The alumni community of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program condemns the arrest of our 2015 fellow from Belarus, Aleś Łahviniec, who suffered a head injury and broken nose after two...

FBI confirms investigation of Trump campaign, Russia links

March 2017

In the interview for CBCNews, Kathryn Stoner, FSI/CDDRL Senior Fellow and the Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies at Stanford University, claims Russians left trails...

Are Americans Fully Committed to Democracy?

March 2017

Among the many different forms of government, democracies are unique in the extent to which their stability depends on legitimacy—a belief on the part of the public that the system of government in...

Events

Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

June 8, 2017

Abstract:In India, the world’s largest democracy, the symbiotic relationship between crime and politics raises complex questions.

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 1, 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

CDDRL Weekly Seminar featuring Zeynep Tufekci

May 18, 2017

Speaker Bio:Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology.

Projects

Program on Human Rights

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be phasing out its program in 2015 with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen...
English

CDDRL Special Events

The CDDRL special events draw scholars and practitioners to the Center to comment on the most relevant and timely topics impacting the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law.
English

Online course on technology for accountability launches in English and Arabic

The Program on Liberation Technology (LibTech) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law together with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) are proud to launch a free...
English

Multimedia

Dictatorship and Information

March 2017

 Abstract:How do autocracies collect information on popular discontent? The existing literature has not provided a systematic answer to this question despite its fundamental importance for understanding the logic of authoritarian rule.

Whither Parties?

March 2017

Abstract:Scholars of comparative politics have long examined political parties as organized vehicles of mass mobilization, interest mediation, and policy formation.

The Art of Authoritarian Control in China

February 2017

Abstract:When villages in China began to introduce local elections in the 1980s it was, for many, a moment of great optimism about the prospects for local democracy in the Peoples' Republic.

People

Kathryn Stoner Senior Fellow
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Gerhard Casper Senior Fellow Professor in Undergraduate Education, Emeritus, Professor, Law, Emeritus
Coit D. Blacker Senior Fellow Professor, Humanities and Sciences
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Raymond Levitt Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering