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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Infrastructural State Power in Putin's Russia

September 2016

Abstract:The paper introduces the public sector as a major source of infrastructural state capacity that helps autocrats survive.

The Political Climate in Venezuela: A Conversation with Armando Armas and Freddy Guevara

June 2016

   CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama interviews Armando Armas and Freddy Guevara, members of Venezuela's National Assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the current situation of Venezuelan politics.  The interview took place on May 30,...

A New Era in the Hong Kong Democracy Movement

May 2016

 On April 26, CDDRL and the Taiwan Democracy Project welcomed Joshua Chi-fung Wong, founder of the Hong Kong student activist group, Scholarism, and Nathan Kwun-chung Law, a prominent activist and Secretary General of the Hong Kong Federation of...

Transparency International founder speaks on Panama papers and new efforts to curb corruption worldwide

April 2016

On April 12, FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond interviewed Co-Founder of Transparency International Peter Eigen at Stanford University on some of today's most pressing corruption challenges, highlighting new initiatives and efforts to help resolve...

Artificial Intelligence and Social Stability

April 2016

Abstract:The robots are coming, but whether they will be working on behalf of society or a small cadre of the super-rich is very much in doubt.

Between Cyclops and Leviathan: Violence, Order, and Legitimacy at the Urban Margins

April 2016

Abstract:Ongoing crises of urban insecurity in Central America have spurred novel forms of state engagement in high-risk neighbourhoods.

The January Taiwan Elections and the Implications for Cross-Strait Relations

March 2016

AbstractTaiwan’s domestic politics, particularly presidential elections, has been the main driver of the island’s relations with China for two decades. The 2016 elections, in which the Democratic Progressive Party, led by Dr.

Crafting Democratic Transitions: Learning from Experience

March 2016

Abstract: Drawing upon personal interviews Abraham Lowenthal and Sergio Bitar of Chile conducted with 13 former presidents and prime ministers from 9 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America who played leading roles in managing...

Countering Violent Extremism

March 2016

AbstractUnder Secretary Sewall will deliver remarks on Countering Violent Extremism, the U.S. Government’s comprehensive approach for preventing the spread of ISIL and emergence of new terrorist threats.

Taiwan's 2016 Presidential and Legislative Elections

March 2016

On January 16, 2016, Taiwanese went to the polls to elect a new president and legislature.

Bassam Haddad Analyzes the Root Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Bassam Haddad explained the roots and dynamics of the tragic Syrian uprising, with particular attention to its background and to the recent...

Stanford Scholar Examines Sectarianism and Urban Segregation in Baghdad

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy speaker series, Director of The Markaz: Resource Center Mona Damluji examined the impact of the US-led occupation of Iraq on sectarian-based urban segregation in Baghdad.

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

January 2016

Abstract:We live at a time of the greatest progress amongst the global poor in human history.

How Nations Succeed: Reducing Extreme Violence

January 2016

Abstract:From El Salvador to Pakistan, high levels of internal violence characterize a growing number of poorly consolidated electoral democracies.

Scholars Examine Egypt’s Political Landscape on the Eve of the January 25 Revolution’s 5th Anniversary

January 2016

With the nearing of the fifth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, this panel examines the nature of politics under the rule of the current military sponsored regime in Egypt.

Deservingness, Self-interest and the Welfare State

January 2016

ABSTRACTA common assumption in political economy is that voters are self-regarding maximizers of material goods, choosing their preferred level of social spending accordingly.

Presentation Slides: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Taiwan's Future Development Strategy

December 2015

Abstract:On October 11 and 12th, the Democracy in Taiwan Project at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, in cooperation with the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, will hold its 8th annual conference, on the Trans...

Nancy Lindborg: Building Peace in a Fragile World

December 2015

On October 8, 2015, Nancy Lindborg, president of the United States Institute of Peace, gave a talk to the CDDRL community entitled "Building Peace in a Fragile World."AbstractNew President of the United States Institute of Peace, Nancy Lindborg,...

Syria Today, Syria Tomorrow: Politics, Security, and Society

November 2015

Abstract:The Syrian crisis continues to grind on without a viable settlement to the conflict in sight.

Conflict and Crisis: Implications of Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Syria

November 2015

As the protracted and chaotic conflict in Syria continues into its fifth year, Syrians of all backgrounds are being subjected to gross human rights violations.

Amr Hamzawy: Anti-democratic Deceptions - How Egyptian Liberals Endorse Autocracy

November 2015

On October 27, 2015, ARD Visiting Scholar and former Egyptian Member of Parliament Amr Hamzawy spoke to the CDDRL community, sharing remarks on shifts in liberal thought in Egypt over the past several years.---------------------------Abstract:Over...

A Vibrant Public Sphere: A Key to Arab Democracy?

November 2015

Belabbes Benkredda is an award-winning social innovator, open debate advocate and the founder of the Munathara Initiative, the Arab world’s only online and television debate forum open to anyone.

People Power - the Phenomenon that Shakes and Shapes the World in the 21st Century

November 2015

On Thursday, November 12, CDDRL welcomed founding members of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies [CANVAS], Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic, who spoke on best practices for nonviolent campaigns against autocratic governments...

LAD Course: Universidad ESAN Photo Album 2015

October 2015

This is a four-and-a-half-day intensive program for a small number of mid- and high-level government officials and business leaders, exploring how government can encourage and enable the private sector to play a larger, more constructive role as a...

People

Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law