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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. 

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. 

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.

Scholarly Publications

Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

June 2012

This book originated in a conference on "Liberation Technology in Authoritarian Regimes" held at Stanford University in Oct.

Liberation Technology

January 1900

(excerpt) In March 2003, police in Guangzhou (Canton), China, stopped 27-year- old Sun Zhigang and demanded to see his temporary living permit and identification.

Other Publications

Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making

December 2012

By drawing on several cases around the world, this book illuminates the role of crowdsourcing in policy-making.

News

Technology, accountability and democracy in South Asia and beyond

September 2013

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on the intersection between technology, accountability and democracy will be organized in Mumbai, India in Jan 2014.

Stanford conference to explore right to information and technology

March 2013

On March 11-12, the Program on Liberation Technology at CDDRL is convening a conference to examine digital tools and their impact on the development of democratic development.

Exploring new technologies at Stanford to monitor human rights

August 2012

Teaming up with the Brookings Institution and Google, CDDRL hosted a workshop to bring together four United Nations special rapporteurs, civil society activists, technologists and government donors...

Events

New Alliances in Cybersecurity, Human Rights and Internet Governance

February 17, 2016

On Wednesday, February 24, CDDRL, in partnership with the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), hosted...Posted by Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law ...

Advancing Human Rights through Tech and Data

November 20, 2015

Abstract Human rights groups have only two assets: people and information.  Learn about Benetech’s decade of putting information technology tools into the hands of human rights activists, with the...

Advancing Human Rights through Tech and Data

November 20, 2015

Human rights groups have only two assets: people and information.  Learn about Benetech's decade of putting information technology tools into the hands of human rights activists, with the goal of...

Projects

Empowering Women Leaders

Sweeping reforms of Indian government institutions created space for women’s political inclusion at an unprecedented scale.
English

Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones

India’s right to information movement had tremendous success in making strategic use of transparency for securing government accountability.
English

Liberation Technology Seminar Series

The Liberation Technology Seminar Series invites a variety of speakers from the public, private and academic sectors to explore the role of information and communication technology in advancing...
English

Multimedia

ICTs and Democratization: What Works & Why?

November 2014

AbstractIn this seminar Mr. Price discusses findings from his recent report “Citizen Participation and Technology: An NDI Study”.

Information and Liberation

November 2014

AbstractIn this talk Duguid explores why it is tempting to champion information technologies in the cause of liberation, yet why it may also be problematic.

People

weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science