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 Events

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Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

February 28, 2019

Abstract:Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy?

Dissident Resilience to Repression: The Case of Pinochet's Chile

February 14, 2019

Abstract:Why do some dissident groups survive government repression while others get eliminated?

Lean Impact: Innovation to Accelerate Global Development

January 31, 2019

Abstract:Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted, it's already clear we will fall short on our current trajectory.

Democracy and Financial Crisis

January 17, 2019

Abstract:Existing scholarship attributes various political and economic advantages to democratic governance. These advantages may make more democratic countries prone to financial crises.

What Do Donors Want?

January 10, 2019

Abstract:Influential theories indicate concern that campaign donors exert outsized political influence.

Indonesia: Democratic Hopes, Institutional Woes

December 6, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Program andthe Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law Indonesia features Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and dynamic democracy, but debilitating...

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...

Roundtable on China’s Growing Sharp Power: American and Taiwanese Perspectives

November 27, 2018

On 11/29/18 a group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese...

PDI Seminar Series – Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

November 26, 2018

Author Yochai Benkler sits down with Kelly Born to discuss Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.

The Political Geography of Electoral Autocracies

November 15, 2018

Abstract:In electoral autocracies, why do some citizens view the state as autocratic, while others see it as democratic and legitimate?

PDI Seminar Series – Political Advertising

November 13, 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...

The Midterm Elections

November 8, 2018

Two days after the midterm elections, join a panel of Stanford experts to discuss the election outcomes.

PDI Seminar Series – Hate Speech

November 6, 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...

Follow the Echo Chamber: Ideological Sorting on Twitter

November 1, 2018

Abstract:While numerous studies examine the relationship between social media and political behavior, scholars continue to debate its effects on political polarization.

PDI Seminar Series – Algorithms and Bias

October 30, 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...

PDI Seminar Series – Safety, Security, and Election Integrity

October 23, 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...

The Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia’s War Against Dissent

October 23, 2018

This event will be livestreamed.

Parties, Representation, and Governance in the 21st Century

October 22, 2018

Has the age of party democracy passed?

Avenues of influence for post-Soviet kleptocracy in the West

October 18, 2018

Speaker Bio:Ilya Zaslavskiy is a member of the Advisory Board at the Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative for which he wrote a report How Non-State Actors Export Kleptocratic Norms to the West...

Political Identities in Colonial and Post-Independence Tunisia

October 11, 2018

Abstract:What explains variation in secular and Islamist political identity and behavior?

The Demise of the Islamist Utopia: What’s Next?

October 10, 2018

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. ABSTRACTIslamist movements have dominated popular discussions of opposition and change within Arab politics for the past three...

Jordan and the Arab Uprisings

October 10, 2018

ABSTRACTIn 2011, as the Arab uprisings spread across the Middle East, Jordan remained more stable than any of its neighbors.

People

Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar
Dr. Chonira Enushka Aturupane Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in International Policy
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics