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

Political Reform and American Democracy

March 2020

The 2016 election brought into sharp relief the anomalies and imperfections of our democratic institutions.

Egypt’s Consolidated Authoritarianism

March 2020

The current Egyptian political scene reveals an important paradox: since its ascendancy to power in 2013, the military-led authoritarian government has not faced significant challenges from civil...

Engaging, Empowering, and Enabling Youth to Lead Social Action in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

January 2020

This study is the result of over four years of active collaboration between the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab (PovGov) and the Rio-based NGO Agency for Youth Networks (hereafter, Agency)....

Other Publications

Brick Kilns in Bangladesh

March 2020

Bangladesh is situated on the deltas of several large rivers passing into the Bay of Bengal. The country’s location on this alluvial plain means there is little natural rock available for use in...

Mining Toromocho and Resettling Morococha

March 2020

It’s August 2013, and the Mining and Metallurgical Geological Institute of Peru (INGEMMET) is considering issuance of a report declaring the Morococha district a high-risk zone.

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age | The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

January 2020

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age | The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital AgeNew information and communication technologies (ICTs) pose...

News

Ziad Abu-Rish Analyzes the Trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated, May 27, 2020, Ohio University Historian Ziad Abu-Rish analyzed the trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the contemporary political scene....

The COVID-19 Crisis Can Be A Historic Opportunity for Morocco

May 2020

[The following article originally appeared in French in Le Soir]Over the past 20 years of exile, I returned to Morocco sporadically to visit family and friends.

Totalitarianism as a Mindset Can Be Anywhere

March 2020

The authors of “The End of History” and “Reading Lolita in Tehran” discuss coronavirus, Iran, James Baldwin, campus culture, and why imagination and literature are essential to combatting...

Events

The Social Origins of Egypt's Failed Market Making

May 28, 2020

This event is co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute ABSTRACTThis talk is based on the speaker's new book Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt (Stanford...

POSTPONED: Do Programmatic Policies Always Win Votes? Evidence from Education Reforms in Tanzania

May 14, 2020

Abstract:Do programmatic policies always yield electoral rewards?

Lebanon’s Uprising in A Time of Crises

May 13, 2020

ABSTRACTThis talk examines the multiple crises manifesting in Lebanon today and their impact on the fate of the uprising that began in October 2019.

Projects

Empowering Women Leaders

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

Leadership Academy for Development Workshops

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and...
English

Arab Reform and Democracy Speaker Series

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) speaker series seeks to promote critical discussions around questions of political change, social and economic rights, power and resistance in the...
English

Multimedia

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

Social Movements and the Networked Public Sphere: The Complexities of Empowerment and Fragility

May 2017

Speaker Bio:Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology.

How Accountable?: Assessing Developments in Accountability at Multilateral Development Banks

May 2017

Abstract:Within the last fifteen years, nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) have established internal accountability offices (IAOs).  These IAOs, the most well-known of which is the World Bank Inspection Panel, allow communities within...

People

Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Jerry Kaplan Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective