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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.

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Former President of Taiwan Talks Democracy and Politics

April 2018

At an event co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Hoover Institution, "former Taiwanese president Ma...

Facebook and Congress Must Create Regulations Together

April 2018

Featuring Eileen Donahoe, executive director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator and Allison Berke, executive director of the Stanford Cyber Initiative.

How Kenya’s Elections Went from Fraud to Hope to Sham

April 2018

CDDRL senior fellow Larry Diamond talks with Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist Maina Kiai about the state of democracy in Kenya and how it can progress beyond its current flaws. Listen here.

Are People Losing Faith in Democracy?

March 2018

"Are people merely punishing incumbent parties and politicians, or are they losing faith in democracy itself?" asks Larry Diamond in The American Interest. Read the full article here.

Francis Fukuyama: Democracy Needs Elites

March 2018

CDDRL Mosbacher director Francis Fukuyama spoke with Alexander Görlach for The WorldPost about U.S. President Donald Trump, the populist wave sweeping Europe and “fake news.” Read here.

Francis Fukuyama: China’s ‘bad emperor’ returns

March 2018

"Since 1978, China’s authoritarian political system has been different from virtually all other dictatorships in part because the ruling Communist Party has been subject to rules regarding...

Poland’s Path to Illiberalism

March 2018

“The one bright light in this darkening landscape is that Poles remain committed to democracy,” writes Anna Grzymala-Busse in Current History. Read the full article here.

Why is Iran Protesting?

February 2018

"Protests in Iran have erupted over the past few weeks as citizens from across the country have taken to the streets to voice their opposition against the government.

Past Episodes of Presidential Wrongdoing Have Provoked a Reaction

February 2018

"Surveying America’s political history, Larry Diamond of Stanford University divines 'a general pattern of resilience, punctuated by dark periods of authoritarian temptation.'" From Franklin D....

Hard Problems and Democratic Procrastination

February 2018

Bruce Cain argues that "both parties agree that the country has serious infrastructure needs—but even with a new proposal on the table, we may end up with next to nothing." Cain explains that while...

Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

February 2018

Jeremy Weinstein writes about the Trump administration's response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Foreign Policy Magazine.

How Populism is Poisoning the Global Liberal Order

February 2018

"There is growing consensus that populism constitutes a grave threat to liberal democracy, and to the liberal international order on which peace and prosperity have rested for the past two...

China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

February 2018

China has been working on refining a "vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control." Regarding this practice and its future implications, "China’s experiments with digital...

Agnes Chow disqualification ‘step towards the evisceration’ of Hong Kong’s autonomy

January 2018

The disqualification of democracy activist Agnes Chow Ting from running in the Hong Kong legislature’s by-election was “outrageous”, says Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli...

CIPE and Stanford Deliver Leadership Academy for Development to Tunisian Leaders to Help Address Country’s Challenges

January 2018

Our Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) recently visited Tunis, Tunisia in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) to conduct a workshop for a group of Tunisian...

A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

January 2018

One of our Fisher Family Honors students Lina Hidalgo has been featured on the Time Magazine cover for her public service.

Mini-Trumps are coming up all over Europe

January 2018

"Mr. Fukuyama warns that Europe is weak and divided, distracted by Brexit, the festering euro crisis, and the new autocrats of Eastern Europe.

Our Year of Living Dangerously

January 2018

"As 2018 unfolds, the domestic and international dimensions of Trump’s crisis-ridden presidency are beginning to intersect in wildly unpredictable and potentially disastrous ways.

How to support Iran’s protesters

January 2018

"While it is folly to underestimate the severity of the crisis in Iran, it is no less dangerous to underestimate the regime’s capacity for brutality.

Poland’s right-wing government has a new prime minister. Here are the 5 things you need to know

December 2017

"The Polish  Law and Justice Party (PiS) government has a new prime minister: Mateusz Morawiecki.

Draper Hills Summer Fellowship application is open

October 2017

Video of Draper Hills Summer Fellowship: Democracy Dreamers Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program at CDDRL is now accepting applications. Deadline is 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, November 15, 2017...

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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
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar
Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Professor
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB