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.

Recent Other Publications

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Personnel Change or Personal Change? Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law

March 2014

Nearly three years after the fall of the Qaddafi regime, Libya’s revolution has stalled. Militias continue to run rampant as the government struggles to perform basic functions.

Voting for Change: The Pitfalls and Possibilities of First Elections in Arab Transitions

May 2012

The first elections after the fall of authoritarian regimes present an important opportunity for both local and international actors to strengthen transitional processes.

Drafting Egypt's New Constitution Policy Paper

March 2012

This is the first paper in the BDC-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions series, authored Dr.

Necessary Risks: How a New U.S. Administration Can (Finally) Give Us the Middle East Policy We Need

October 2008

At the root of current Middle Eastern foreign policy debates on topics ranging from Iran to Iraq to Israel, is a more fundamental challenge for American policy makers: how to combat the general...

People

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