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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. 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.

Recent Events

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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.

How Accountable?: Assessing Developments in Accountability at Multilateral Development Banks

May 11, 2017

Abstract:Within the last fifteen years, nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) have established internal accountability offices (IAOs).  These IAOs, the most well-known of which is the World...

Can Cash Boost Governance in Poor Countries?

May 8, 2017

Abstract:One policy option for countries reliant on natural resources is to share part of the revenues directly with citizens, an idea known as oil to cash.

CDDRL Weekly Seminar featuring Brett Carter

May 4, 2017

Speaker Bio:Brett Carter is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California and co-PI of the Lab on Non-Democratic Politics.

How Change Happens

May 1, 2017

Abstract:Duncan Green, Oxfam Strategic Adviser and LSE Professor of Practice in International Development, introduces the arguments of his new book, How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016).

Planning for the Occupation of Japan

April 27, 2017

Abstract:The Allied occupation of Japan is remembered as the "good occupation." An American-led coalition successfully turned a militaristic enemy into a stable and democratic ally.

Economic Transformation and Government Reforms in Georgia 2004-2012

April 20, 2017

Abstract:Nika Gilauri, has recently published a book Practical Economics: Economic Transformation and Government Reform in Georgia 2004-2012.

Shameful Preferences and the Legitimization of Europe’s Far Right

April 13, 2017

Abstract:As the number of migrants in Europe has risen in recent years, far right parties have fuelled voters’ fears concerning what the influx will mean for their nations.

The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s War on Drugs

April 6, 2017

Abstract:This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

Empowering progress: Reformism and state-building in the Philippines

March 21, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Southeast Asia Program  The Philippines is typically characterized as a weak, even patrimonial, state in which...

A Holy War Made in America: The US and the 1914 Germano-Ottoman Call for Global Jihad

March 20, 2017

 ABSTRACTIn this talk, Karine Walther discusses her new book Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as...

Preventing ISIS 3.0: Winning the Peace in Iraq

March 20, 2017

ABSTRACTThe Iraqi government, the Peshmerga, the international coalition and a consortium of militia have been winning the war against ISIS in Iraq.  The concern moving forward is whether Iraq’s...

War Is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon

March 16, 2017

ABSTRACTFrom 1975 to 1990, Lebanon experienced a long war involving various national and international actors.

Routines and Ruptures in Protests and Policing in Jordan

March 16, 2017

ABSTRACTPolitical protests in non-democratic settings are not always contentious.

Dictatorship and Information

March 9, 2017

Abstract:How do autocracies collect information on popular discontent?

Whither Parties?

March 2, 2017

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

Stopping the Financing of Genocide

February 28, 2017

 This event is co-sponsored by the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  Abstract:Unchecked greed is the...

The Art of Authoritarian Control in China

February 23, 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.

Taiwan's Democratic Development: Reflections on the Ma Ying-jeou Era

February 23, 2017

The eight-year presidency of Ma Ying-jeou (2008-2016) in Taiwan left a complex legacy of political achievements, confrontations, and disappointments that defies easy characterization.

The Evolution of Autocracy

February 16, 2017

Abstract:Globalization, shifting great power dynamics, and the growing accessibility of Internet and communication technology has changed the environment within which autocrats operate.

1984 or the Brave New World? Evidence from China

February 9, 2017

Abstract:Media censorship is considered as the hallmark of authoritarian regimes. Why don’t citizens acquire uncensored info despite the low cost availability?

Development and entrepreneurship in Cuba: A talk with the winners of 10x10KCuba

February 8, 2017

Abstract:Join Professor Larry Diamond and the winners of the 10x10K Cuba competition for a talk on the emerging entrepreneurial scene in Cuba.

People

Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Senior Fellow
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Coit D. Blacker Senior Fellow Professor, Humanities and Sciences
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science