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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New Administration Inherits a Democracy in Crisis, Explains FSI Panel

January 2021

Scholars say there is much work to be done to restore confidence in democracy in America and around the world.

Stanford Scholars React to Capitol Hill Takeover

January 2021

FSI scholars reflect on the occupation of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and suggest what needs to happen next to preserve democracy.

Statement from CDDRL Leadership on the Events of Jan. 6

January 2021

The leadership of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law would like to express its horror and dismay at the violent attack on Congress that occurred on January 6, as well as the...

Open Letter in Support of Nicholas Opiyo and Ugandan Human Rights Defenders

December 2020

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law expresses its grave concern over the politically motivated arrests of our 2019 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, Nicholas Opiyo, and four other...

Scholars and Human Rights Advocates Speak out in Support of Egyptian Civil Society

November 2020

Statement in Support of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) [The following statement was issued by a group of scholars and human rights advocates in support of the Egyptian...

In Their Own Words: Why Should You Choose CDDRL

November 2020

Our 2020-21 Post-Doctoral Scholars explain why they chose to complete their fellowship at CDDRL.

The Presidential Election Confirmed How New Demographics Will Shape Politics for Many Years Ahead

November 2020

Following the U.S. election, FSI experts analyze the results, explain the challenges, and discuss what we can expect between now and Inauguration Day.

Paul Wise: Special Expert for the U.S. Federal Court Overseeing Treatment of Migrant Children at Border

October 2020

With unaccompanied minors being detained in hotels during COVID-19, Stanford professor of pediatrics Paul Wise is among the few external people with full access to the facilities, detained children,...

Israel-Emirates: Neither Betrayal nor History-Making Deal

September 2020

[This article originally appeared in Orient XII.] Political observers have voiced contrasting opinions about the peace treaty between Israel and the Arab Emirates.

'In Being Together, We Had the Power' - A Belarusian Activist Describes Life on the Front Lines of Minsk Protests

August 2020

On the World Class Podcast, Belarusian scholar and activist Aleś Łahviniec explains why people are protesting, and what it feels like to be out on the streets in Minsk.

Update on the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

August 2020

A short update from the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, including our reveal of the next cohort of fellows.

Police Reform in Brazil and Mexico: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What the U.S. Can Learn

June 2020

On the World Class Podcast, Beatriz Magaloni discusses how community-oriented policing and constitutional reform can impact violence committed by police.

What Protests For Racial Justice Tell Us About U.S. Democracy

June 2020

American democracy is facing its most serious challenge in decades, says Larry Diamond on the World Class Podcast. But there are signs of hope.

New Research from the Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab Examines Police Brutality

June 2020

For the last 10 years, a team of social scientists at the Poverty, Violence, and Governance (PovGov) lab at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) have been developing action-...

Amr Adly Explains Market-Making Failure in Egypt [VIDEO]

June 2020

In a webinar dated June 8, 2020, American University in Cairo Scholar Amr Adly presented findings from his new book Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt (Stanford...

Ziad Abu-Rish Analyzes the Trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated, May 27, 2020, Ohio University Historian Ziad Abu-Rish analyzed the trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the contemporary political scene....

Our Democracy Depends on a Safe Election in November

May 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the effects could be potentially devastating to global democracy and the upcoming U.S. election. On the World Class podcast, Larry Diamond and Nathaniel Persily...

Samer Abboud Examines the Politics of Exclusion in Syria [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated May 12, 2020, Villanova University Scholar Samer Abboud examined the emergent "illiberal peace" in Syria.

The COVID-19 Crisis Can Be A Historic Opportunity for Morocco

May 2020

[The following article originally appeared in French in Le Soir]Over the past 20 years of exile, I returned to Morocco sporadically to visit family and friends.

Covid-19 Crisis: Is a Showdown Between Public Health Imperatives and Civil Liberties Inevitable?

April 2020

David Studdert addresses the tradeoff between basic liberties and societal health in the current coronavirus pandemic in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective.

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