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 Scholarly Publications

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The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

June 2017

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

Authoritarian Survival and Poverty Traps: Land Reform in Mexico

June 2017

This paper examines why governments in underdeveloped countries systematically pursue policies that prevent long-term economic growth.

Caught in the Crossfire: The Geography of Extortion and Police Corruption in Mexico

June 2017

When Mexican President Felipe Caldrón took office in December 2006 he declared a war on the nation’s drug traffic organizations (Ríos and Shirk, 2011).

"Political Logic of Poverty Relief" Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

June 2017

Poverty relief programs are shaped by politics.

"Political Logic of Poverty Relief" Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

October 2016

Poverty relief programs are shaped by politics.

How the Mexican Drug War Affects Kids and Schools? Evidence on Effects and Mechanisms

October 2016

In this paper published by the International Journal of Educational Development, we investigate the impact of drug-related violence in Mexico on academic achievement.

How the Mexican Drug War Affects Kids and Schools? Evidence on Effects and Mechanisms

June 2016

In this paper published by the International Journal of Educational Development, we investigate the impact of drug-related violence in Mexico on academic achievement.

Authoritarian Survival and Poverty Traps: Land Reform in Mexico [Feb. 2015]

February 2015

This paper examines why governments in underdeveloped countries systematically pursue policies that prevent long-term economic growth.

Caught in the Crossfire: The Geography of Extortion and Police Corruption in Mexico [Feb. 2015]

February 2015

When Mexican President Felipe Caldrón took office in December 2006 he declared a war on the nation’s drug traffic organizations (Ríos and Shirk, 2011).

Information, Female Empowerment and Governance in Oaxaca, Mexico [Feb. 2015]

February 2015

Traditional community rules are formally recognized in multiple constitutions across Latin America.

Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico's Criminal Insurgency [Feb. 2015]

February 2015

This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

February 2015

This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

Traditional Governance, Citizen Engagement and Local Public Goods: Evidence from Mexico

December 2013

We study the governance of public good provision in poor communities in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

December 2013

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

The Mexican War on Drugs: Crime and the Limits of Government Persuasion

October 2013

Abstract:In order to successfully battle organized crime, governments require a certain degree of citizens’ support.

Welfare Benefits, Canvassing, and Campaign Handouts

December 2009

Aiding Latin America's Poor

October 2009

(excerpt) Social policy in Latin America has traditionally failed to benefit the poor.

Credible Power-Sharing and the Longevity of Authoritarian Rule

December 2008

Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico

September 2006

This book provides a theory of the logic of survival of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), one of the most resilient autocratic regimes in the twentieth century.

People

Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Edgar Franco Vivanco Doctoral Candidate, Political Science
Cesángari López Martínez Research Staff, CDDRL
Sofia Mac Gregor Oettler Research Staff, CDDRL
Jonathan Furszyfer Research Staff, CDDRL
Vanessa Melo Research Staff, CDDRL
Perla Gonzalez Administrative Associate, CDDRL