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 News

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Francis Fukuyama on the Root of 'Identity' Politics

December 2018

CDDRL director Francis Fukuyama believes America's increased political polarization can be traced back to a universal desire for recognition.

Are 'identity politics’ really a threat to democracy?

December 2018

CDDRL Director, Francis Fukuyama talks in an interview for Al Jazeera how identity policy is hurting democracy. Watch here.

Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

November 2018

Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the...

FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

October 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly...

NPR PODCAST: What Kavanaugh's Confirmation Means For America's Culture Wars

October 2018

"I really do think that the upcoming election in November is one of the most important in American history." NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Francis Fukuyma and Norman Eisen about what Brett...

PODCAST - Francis Fukuyama: Identity and the Politics of Resentment

October 2018

Francis Fukuyama explains to the Commonwealth Club how our connection to personal identities has disconnected us from a base understanding of dignity. Listen here. 

Francis Fukuyama "I think he is the first truly racist President."

September 2018

52 Insights Magazine interviews Francis Fukuyama on the politics of identity, the end of the EU and Trump. Read here. 

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

September 2018

Tune into Jen Psaki in conversation with Francis Fukuyama about his views on the current state of identity politics in the U.S. and what he views to be the new American identity. Listen here. 

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama Says Identity Politics Are Killing America and Empowering Donald Trump

September 2018

Nick Gillespie talks with Francis Fukuyama about the possibilites of creating a national identity capabale of uniting all Americans. Listen here.

Huntington’s Legacy

August 2018

"Samuel Huntington was not right about everything.

Taiwan should ‘play for time,’ Larry Diamond says

August 2018

Larry Diamond discussed the DPP government’s pursuit of transitional justice and its approach to cross-strait ties in an interview with ‘Taipei Times’ reporter Sean Lin in Taipei, arguing for a...

Identity and the End of History

August 2018

"History is directional and progressive, and the modernization process points to liberal democracy as its fullest embodiment.

The Decline of American Public Administration

August 2018

"If you want some notion of the problem, just try uttering the words “public administration” before a roomful of students and watch them look at their phones or start to fall asleep.

Saving the world’s food and water supplies with Ertharin Cousin

August 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

Social Media and Censorship

August 2018

"The idea that the big internet platforms are not media companies has never really been tenable, and the contradictions in their public protestations of neutrality have become ever more apparent...

Teaching Public Policy, part 2

August 2018

"In my previous post, I noted how public policy education needs to shift its focus from training policy analysts to training leaders who are capable of actually implementing good policies.

Digital Media: Combatting Threats in the Era of Fake News

July 2018

"What is different today is the speed and extraterritorial reach of disinformation.

Web-Event: E. Donahoe in 'Pulling at the Strings: Kremlin's Interference in Elections'

July 2018

Today, while the President of the United States challenged the US intelligence agencies’ conclusion on Russia’s interference in 2016 election, the Atlantic Council and the Alliance of Democracies...

From the Experts: FSI on the Helsinki Summit 2018

July 2018

Quick-Take: Helsinki 2018 with David Holloway  Q:What specific results/agreements have come out of the meeting? A: That’s not clear.  We have only the press conference to go on.  Putin mentioned a...

Meet the next generation of Ukraine’s leaders

July 2018

 Selected from among 668 applicants, the 2018-19 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) stood out for their outstanding civic records...

Anwar in the wings as Malaysia remakes its democracy

June 2018

"Will the ruse fool the devil? Will renascent Malaysian democracy survive?

Why We Find Self-Driving Cars So Scary

May 2018

"Take note, Elon Musk: Even if autonomous cars are safer overall, the public will accept the new technology only when it fails in predictable and reasonable ways," writes Jerry Kaplan in The Wall...

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2018

May 2018

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is proud to announce our 2018 Draper Hills Summer Fellows who were selected from among hundreds of applicants for their path-breaking...

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Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, 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
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science