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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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...

Everyday Defection and Support under Autocracy

November 15, 2018

Abstract:In autocracies, why do some citizens support the regime in power while others defect?

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...

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.

PDI Seminar Series – Disinformation, Misinformation, and Online Propaganda

October 9, 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...

American Democracy and the Mid-Term Elections

October 4, 2018

What’s at stake in this year’s midterm elections? After months of contentious primary races, the 2018 midterms will determine which party controls Congress this January.

PDI Seminar Series – An Introduction to Regulation of Platforms and Platform Regulation of Speech

October 2, 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 - Free Speech, Democracy, and the Internet

September 25, 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...

Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Launch Event

September 17, 2018

Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law invites you to a special event on Oct.

IDENTITY: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, Book launch

September 10, 2018

Abstract:Please join Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) on Sept.

A Brief History of Security

June 7, 2018

Speaker(s) Bio: Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of...

CDDRL Weekly Research Seminar featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 31, 2018

TITLE:  The China Wide Web:  The information Dilemma and the Domestsication of  Cyberspace Qitong Tom CaoMajor:  Political Science; Computer Science (minor); MS&E (Computational Social Science)...

Learning Lessons? A Comparison of Planning for the Occupations of Japan and Iraq

May 24, 2018

Abstract:In 2002 and 2003, Americans pointed to Japan after the Second World War as a model which proved that enemy countries could be remade into stable democratic allies through short military...

South Africa: Expanding circle of democratization

May 17, 2018

Abstract:The South African democratic process has crossed two significant milestones.

People

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
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, 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
Dr. Chonira Enushka Aturupane Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in International Policy