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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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Sectarian Inclusion in Post-Conflict Policing

January 25, 2018

Abstract:Societies with deep-seated ethnic or religious divisions pose a challenge for governance: how can a single set of political institutions govern a fragmented population peacefully and...

Fake News in the 2016 Election

November 30, 2017

Abstract:The factually dubious for-profit articles known as “fake news” were read and shared by millions of people during the 2016 U.S.

Online Disinformation during Crisis Events

November 16, 2017

Abstract:Since 2013, my collaborators and I have conducted research on how rumors and misinformation spread through social media during crisis events.

Saudi Arabia: Can Economic Reform Succeed without Political Change?

November 15, 2017

ABSTRACTThe formation of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission and the arrest of dozens of princes and former ranking officials have brought to focus the prospects for political and economic...

How Change Happens

November 2, 2017

Abstract:Duncan Green, Oxfam Strategic Adviser and LSE Professor of Practice in International Development, introduces the arguments of his new book, How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016).

The Political Economy of Corporate Governance

October 26, 2017

Abstract:Economists and others have argued that when business managers are rewarded to maximize profits and stock prices, the outcome will be efficient.

Theories of Development and External State Building

October 19, 2017

Abstract:Modernization theory, institutional capacity, and rational choice institutionalism are the three candidate theories that explain how rich democratic states got to be rich and democratic....

The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy

October 13, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Southeast Asia Program Who is Rodrigo Duterte?  How did he become president of the...

The Sovereignty Wars: America and the World

October 12, 2017

Abstract:Few Ideas are as sacred in American politics as sovereignty.

Identity and Identity Politics

October 5, 2017

Abstract:The concept of identity is a modern one in which individuals and groups seek recognition of the dignity of a hidden inner self.

Labor Activism under Egypt’s New Authoritarianism

October 4, 2017

ABSTRACTDespite security surveillance, forced dismissals of labor activists, and referrals of labor activists and protesters to military trials, labor activism remains at the forefront of societal...

Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?

October 4, 2017

Cosponsored by The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies Abstract:Half a decade after Arabs across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy have disappeared in a...

Cross-Strait Relations after the 19th Party Congress

October 2, 2017

AbstractSpeculation about the course of cross-Strait relations after the upcoming 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress ranges from greater PRC flexibility to substantially increased pressure on...

U.S.-China Rivalry and the Origins of Taiwan's Developmental State

October 1, 2017

Abstract Scholars have credited a model of state-led capitalism called the developmental state with producing the first wave of the East Asian economic miracle.

Humanitarian Hypocrisy

September 28, 2017

Abstract:Although peace operations are the main policy instrument for directly protecting civilians from severe violence, only a few are designed to reflect threatened civilians’ security needs.

Digital Technology and Democracy: Launch of the Global Digital Policy Incubator

September 26, 2017

Michael McFaul, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor Political Scienceand FSI Senior Fellow, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover...

The Existential Threat of Big Tech

September 26, 2017

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.  Abstract: Over the past decades, there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information.

Special Event: Party Politics and Cross-Strait Relations in Taiwan after the 2016 Elections

August 20, 2017

 For this special theme panel, the Taiwan Democracy Project has invited presentations that examine important changes in Taiwan’s party politics and cross-Strait relations since the election of...

Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

June 8, 2017

Abstract:In India, the world’s largest democracy, the symbiotic relationship between crime and politics raises complex questions.

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 1, 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.

CDDRL Seminar Featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 25, 2017

 Two CDDRL honor students will present their theses at this week's CDDRL Research Seminar on Thursday, May 25, from 12-1:30. Whitney McIntosh's thesis, "France and the Internationalization of...

CANCELLED -- Deliberative Polling in Mongolia: From Urban Governance to Constitutional Amendments

May 23, 2017

Speaker(s) Bio:Zandanshatar Gombojav, Member of Parliament, having recently served as the General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, Mongolia's largest party by membership.

Social Movements and the Networked Public Sphere: The Complexities of Empowerment and Fragility

May 18, 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 11, 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...

People

David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
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
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow