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.

Scholarly Publications

Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy

August 2018

Political parties in the United States and Britain used clientelism and patronage to govern throughout the nineteenth century.

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

August 2018

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups.

Follow the Leader

March 2018

A year into the Trump Administration, the health and stability of American democracy remain an open question.

Other Publications

Funding Coca Codo Sinclair: Correa's Bet on Sustainable Power in Ecuador

September 2018

This case is about Ecuador's decision to finance the country's largest hydropower plant: Coca Codo Sinclair.

Strengthening Electricity Distribution in Uganda: The Role of Private Equity

September 2018

This case describes the preparations and decisions made by Actis, a leading global emerging markets private equity firm, in the lead-up to its partial divestment via an initial public offering (...

Taiwan's Place in the Evolving Security Environment of East Asia

July 2018

In March 2018 the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project, a part of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia- Pacific Research Center, convened a workshop that...

News

FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

October 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly...

NPR PODCAST: What Kavanaugh's Confirmation Means For America's Culture Wars

October 2018

"I really do think that the upcoming election in November is one of the most important in American history." NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Francis Fukuyma and Norman Eisen about what Brett...

PODCAST - Francis Fukuyama: Identity and the Politics of Resentment

October 2018

Francis Fukuyama explains to the Commonwealth Club how our connection to personal identities has disconnected us from a base understanding of dignity. Listen here. 

Events

Domination and Resistance: The State and University in Post-Revolutionary Iran

December 6, 2018

Abstract:The Islamization of universities has been the cornerstone of the Iranian regime’s higher educational policy since its ascent to power in 1979.

Indigenous Identity in Latin America

November 29, 2018

Abstract:Today, nearly 9% of people in Latin America identify as Indigenous, ranging from 2% in Argentina to 30% in Guatemala with high within-country variation.

PDI Seminar Series – Changing Media Landscape

November 27, 2018

Note: This seminar series is open only to Stanford faculty and scholars.The Project on Democracy and the Internet’s Fall Seminar Series on Free Speech, Democracy, and the Internet is hosted by Nate...

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

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Gustavo Robles Research Associate
Jerry Kaplan Research Affiliate Lecturer, Strategic Director of CDDRL