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.

Recent Events

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Human Rights and Repression: Latin America in Comparative Perspective

March 5, 2019

Stanford's Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab is hosting a two day conference that seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of human rights violations in both dictatorships...

What the U.S. Election Means for Both Sides of the Border

November 28, 2016

Faculty from Anthropology, English and Political Science join Stanford students and staff for perspectives on the U.S.

Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence

April 28, 2015

CONFERENCE OVERVIEWThe heavy presence of youth and young adults in the world of criminality is an issue that has been gaining increasingly more attention in the agendas of policymakers and...

Violence and Policing in Latin American and US Cities

April 28, 2014

The global cities of Latin America - Rio de Janeiro, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Mexico City and Medellin - have become engines of economic growth.

Crime, Violence and Governance in Latin America: Sharing Data and Building a Web-Based Research Network to Expand Knowledge

June 7, 2013

Despite some interesting research on crime and violence in Latin American countries (particularly Colombia), there is still a relative dearth of policy-oriented research.

Governance and Public Goods in Indigenous Mexico

May 24, 2013

We exploit a unique institutional feature in the state of Oaxaca,  Mexico,  where municipalities were allowed to choose between a form of autonomy called “usos y costumbres” or delegating decisions...

Electoral Integrity, Violence and Vote-Buying

April 12, 2013

This two day workshop will bring together scholars whose research actively engages problems of electoral irregularities.  Irregularities range from high levels of pre-election violence to electoral...

The Economic Consequences of Drug Trafficking Violence in Mexico

April 11, 2013

Abstract: The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

Citizen Insecurity in Latin America: a Regional Challenge

March 11, 2013

Following the highly successful conference "Violence, Drugs and Governance: Mexican Security in Comparative Perspective", the Program on Poverty and Governance is partnering with the Instituto...

CDDRL-CISAC Special Seminar: The Logic of Violence in Drug Wars: Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

March 1, 2013

Abstract: Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes...

How Governmental Corruption Breeds Clientelism: Evidence from Mexico

December 6, 2012

Abstract: It has long been recognized that corruption and clientelism feed upon each other.

Conceptualizing and Measuring the Rule of Law

May 24, 2012

Abstract: We present a new framework for conceptualizing and assessing the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

Public Goods Provision and the Efficacy of Governance

May 18, 2012

On May 18-19, the Program on Poverty and Governance and the Center for Latin American Studies will host a two-day conference on the provision of public goods and good governance throughout the...

Inequality, electoral competition and public goods: A sub-national assessment

March 8, 2012

Abstract:   CDDRL pre-doctoral Alex Ruiz Euler will explore the evolution of inequality at the municipal level in Mexico with original measures constructed using household-level data from 1990,...

"Presumed Guilty" and post-film discussion with the director

October 8, 2011

Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, “Presumed Guilty” follows the story of two young lawyers and their struggle to free Toño Zúñiga, a young man from Mexico City...

Violence, Drugs and Governance: Mexican Security in Comparative Perspective Conference

October 3, 2011

The conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of political scientists, economists, and lawyers, together with policy makers and military experts in Mexico and the United States,...

Violence, Drugs and Governance: Mexican Security in Comparative Perspective

October 3, 2011

On October 3-4, 2011, the Stanford University Program on Poverty and Governance at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Center for International Security and...

The Inside Scoop on Latin America's Largest Microfinance Institution

May 18, 2011

The Inside Scoop on Latin America's Largest Microfinance Institution

Governance and Development in Mexico

November 18, 2010

Co-organized with the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), scholars met to assess the daunting developmental challenges Mexico faces at the beginning of the 21st century and the ways in...

Political Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy: Evidence from Latin America, Lessons from other Regions

November 5, 2010

On November 5-6  2010, the global Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI) convened a conference in Quito, Ecuador, on "Political Clientalism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy:...

People

Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Edgar Franco Vivanco Doctoral Candidate, Political Science
Stephanie Gimenez Stahlberg Research Assistant, CDDRL
Cesángari López Martínez Research Staff, CDDRL
Jonathan Furszyfer Research Staff, CDDRL