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.

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ARD 2018 Annual Conference Examines Dynamics of Governance and Political Participation in the MENA Region

April 2018

Under the title “Political Contestation and New Social Forces in the Middle East and North Africa,” the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy convened its 2018 annual conference on April 27 and 28...

Voices from Syria Narrate Stories of Revolution and Conflict

February 2018

How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria?

Bassem Youssef Joins ARD as a Visiting Scholar

October 2016

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to welcome international media figure and Egyptian political...

Kuwait scholar examines the impact of oil on urban life in Kuwait [VIDEO]

May 2016

In a talk dated April 20, 2016, American University of Kuwait Scholar Farah Al-Nakib discussed her recently released book Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University...

Egyptian visiting scholar examines political economy of the Arab world

March 2016

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to welcome Egyptian economist Samer Atallah as a visiting...

Former minister of industry of Tunisia discusses country's democratic transition [VIDEO]

March 2016

As part of a talk titled "Tunisia's Pathway to Democracy," former Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Energy, and Mines Kamel Ben Naceur spoke at the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy on March 2,...

Bassam Haddad Analyzes the Root Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising [VIDEO]

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Bassam Haddad explained the roots and dynamics of the tragic Syrian uprising, with particular...

Stanford Scholar Examines Sectarianism and Urban Segregation in Baghdad [VIDEO]

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy speaker series, Director of The Markaz: Resource Center Mona Damluji examined the impact of the US-led occupation of Iraq on sectarian-based...

Scholars Examine Egypt’s Political Landscape on the Eve of the January 25 Revolution’s 5th Anniversary [VIDEO]

January 2016

To mark five years since the onset of the January 25 Revolution, five Egypt scholars examined the evolving political landscape in Egypt as part of a panel titled “The Containment of Politics in...

Military approach will not work in Syria, says former Stanford scholar

November 2015

 On November 17, CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) hosted Lina Khatib, a senior research associate with the Arab Reform Initiative, for a special talk on the Syrian crisis.

ARD welcomes Egyptian intellectual Amr Hamzawy as a visiting scholar

October 2015

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is pleased to welcome Egyptian academic and Former Member of Parliament Amr Hamzawy as a...

Noura Erakat analyzes the political and legal contexts of the 2014 Gaza war [VIDEO]

May 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Noura Erakat examined the political and legal contexts for the 2014 Gaza war. In July and August...

GWU scholar examines links between neoliberalism and Islamic charity in Egypt [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, George Washington University scholar Mona Atia discussed her book Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic...

Ben Ahmed examines the challenge of youth alienation in the Tunisian transition [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, Executive Director of the Mediterranean Development Initiative Ghazi Ben Ahmed examined the challenge of youth alienation in the...

Paul Amar examines social militarization in Egypt and Brazil [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, UC Santa Barbara Political Scientist Paul Amar discussed his book The Security Archipelago, winner of the 2014 Charles Taylor Book...

UCSB historian revisits Egypt's 1977 bread uprising [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, UC Santa Barbara Historian Sherene Seikaly discusses her research on Egypt's 1977 bread intifada. A return to the historical...

ARD scholar on resurgence of authoritarianism in Egypt

January 2015

On the fourth anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, Hesham Sallam, associate director of CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and Jadaliyya co-editor, remarks on the return of...

Program on Arab Reform and Democracy welcomes new leadership

May 2014

This summer CDDRL is welcoming new leadership to oversee the growth and development of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, one of the Center's principle research program's examining...

Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law

March 2014

In a recently released paper titled “Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law" co-produced by Brookings Doha Center and ARD, Roman David and Houda Mzioudet examine the controversy over Libya’s...

Q&A: Stanford experts on Kofi Annan's resignation as Syria envoy

August 2012

Larry Diamond and Stephen Stedman say Kofi Annan had an impossible mission, and his departure won't tarnish the Nobel Peace Prize winner's legacy.

Stanford scholar comments on Egypt's interrupted revolution

June 2012

In less than a week, Egypt has witnessed a reversal of many of the gains it made during the course of the 16-month revolutionary period.

Stanford conference explores new development approaches post Arab Spring

April 2012

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy hosted its third annual conference on April 26-27 at Stanford University to present an integrated approach to development in the Arab world.

Stanford research suggests increased role for social entrepreneurship in post Arab Spring countries

April 2012

A new research study released by the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy finds that economic conditions coupled with social changes unleashed by the Arab Spring have created an environment ripe...

New Brookings-Stanford scholarly collaboration provides recommendations for Arab transitions

March 2012

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is pleased to announce a joint venture with the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) to examine democratic transitions underway in the Arab world.

People

Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution