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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The Populist Citizen

March 14, 2019

Abstract:To what extent do European citizens have a populist view of politics? Under what conditions are these populist attitudes more prevalent?

Reelection, Political Selection, and Economic Development

March 7, 2019

Abstract: We assemble novel data from approximately 120 countries around the world on recent reelection rates of legislators to the national lower house of representatives.

Human Rights and Repression: Latin America in Comparative Perspective

March 5, 2019

Stanford's Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab is hosting a two day conference that seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of human rights violations in both dictatorships...

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?

Getting China Right: Reassessing Chinese Power and U.S. Policy in Asia

February 25, 2019

 EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by February 22, 2019 at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZCwcHC0qTec2rzj63VALID STANFORD ID CARD MUST BE PRESENTED UPON ARRIVAL...

Not Always Stand Divided: Islamists and Secular Rivals in Tunisia

February 21, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Why were Islamists less polarizing in Tunisia than their counterparts in Egypt after the downfall of the autocratic...

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?

The Future of U.S.-China Relations

February 12, 2019

Please join Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for a conversation with Larry Summers on US-China relations.  Summers will be...

The Oppressive regime in Russia. Moral dilemmas and Lack of Liberal Leadership

February 11, 2019

Abstract:Russia has evolved into an autocracy under Putin's 18-year long rule.

Coping with Polarizing-cum-Transforming Politics and Democratic Decay

February 7, 2019

 This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Severe polarization is a global threat that has detrimental effects on democracy and well-being.

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.

Defending Free Assembly in the Digital World: A Roundtable with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association

January 28, 2019

Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice, UC...

Myth-making as Nation-building in Contemporary Russia

January 24, 2019

Abstract:Ever since the Millennium Message, Putin's first presidential speech on January 1, 2000, the Kremlin's political architects have cultivated a narrative of Russia as a unique nation on a...

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2019

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February...

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.

Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

January 16, 2019

Join members from the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age for a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Frank Fukuyama, Director of the Center on Democracy,...

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?

People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Jerry Kaplan Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL