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.

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Algorithms, Privacy & the Future of Tech Regulation in California

January 11, 2022

Register Now California-grown technology has led the nation and world in multiple ways—from democratizing the ways we live, work and play, to posing enormous ethical and social challenges that have...

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program Information Session AY 22-23

December 1, 2021

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be accepting applications from eligible juniors on who are interested in writing their senior thesis on a subject touching...

America in One Room Climate and Energy: Discussion Results from a National Deliberative Poll

November 17, 2021

America in One Room: Climate and Energy, a Helena project, is the largest controlled experiment with "in-depth deliberation" ever held in the U.S.

Thinking about Democracy and Revolution: Egypt’s 2011 Uprising

October 13, 2021

Egypt’s 2011 uprising is widely held to be a case of either failed democratic transition or inauthentic revolution.

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program Opening Event

October 5, 2021

For Fall Quarter 2021, CDDRL will be hosting hybrid events.

Tunisia: Political Conflict after July 25

October 4, 2021

This panel will examine the evolving political conflicts in Tunisia since the July 25 power grab executed by President Kais Saied that has been widely characterized as a step toward cementing...

System Error, Live! With Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein

September 21, 2021

 Register for System Error, Live! This event will be held outside on Stanford's campus.

Nationalist Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy

September 9, 2021

For Fall Quarter 2021, FSI will be hosting hybrid events.

An Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

August 24, 2021

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is honored to host the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, for an address on U.S.-Ukrainian relations.

The Rise and Fall of Technology in Chinese History

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: Joseph Needham famously asked why China did not have its own Industrial Revolution.

Failing the Test: The Countervailing Attitudinal Effects of Civil Service Examinations

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: Nick surveyed the universe of recent applicants to the Indonesian civil service to study the effects of high-stakes examinations on political attitudes.

Autocracy: A Substantive Approach

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: What are the defining traits of an autocracy? Leading works answer this question in negative terms: autocracies are non-democracies.

Democracy Promotion in US Foreign Policy

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: US response to 9/11 included a major focus on peace building through democracy promotion.

Democracy in Ukraine Thirty Years After the Soviet Collapse

August 12, 2021

For decades, the Soviet Union was an authoritarian force in a polarized world.

Market Structure and Extortion: Evidence from 50,000 Extortion Payments

August 12, 2021

About the Session: How do gangs compete for extortion?

Better Regulation in Germany - National Regulatory Control Council (NKR)

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: Better regulation or regulatory policy and governance has been on the agenda of Western governments for about 20 years.

Prisms of the People: Power and Organizing in the US

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: As democracy hangs in the balance around the globe, people all over the world are pouring into the streets. Yet, the overwhelming response is stasis.

Wars and Freedoms

August 12, 2021

About the Seminar: Saumitra Jha and Steven Wilkinson's book project, Wars and Freedoms, makes the case that, throughout human history, external wars are common catalysts for political change at...

Ukraine vs Russia: War for Democracy

August 12, 2021

There is an ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.

Accomplishment – Book Talk with Sir Michael Barber

August 12, 2021

There is no secret formula for success. But what if there were a pattern you could follow? A way of mapping the route and navigating the obstacles that arise?

APSIA Online Graduate School Fair

July 16, 2021

Please join our partners at APSIA for their 2021 online grad school fair.

2021 CDDRL Fisher Family Honors Program Award Winner Presentations

June 3, 2021

The CDDRL Spring seminar series will be open to the Stanford community via Zoom and will be recorded for the general public to watch later.

American Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective

May 27, 2021

  About this Event:  American political observers express increasing concern about affective polarization (i.e., partisans’ resentment toward political opponents).

People

Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Scholar, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Pascaline Dupas Headshot Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR, Director, Stanford King Center on Global Development
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Chonira Aturupane Chonira Aturupane Senior Research Scholar Associate Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
Denis Gutenko Headshot Denis Gutenko UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Alberto Diaz-Cayeros Headshot Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
carnoy Martin Carnoy Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL Professor, Education
Didi Kuo Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Raymond Levitt Raymond Levitt Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL