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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Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond

June 2019

"Does democracy require parties, and if so, what are the consequences of weaker parties on democratic governance?" - writes Didi Kuo. Read here.

The Global Crisis of Democracy

May 2019

*/ As China and Russia attack free governments and push strongman rule, the U.S. has gone silent—and a new tide of authoritarianism is gathering, writes Larry Diamond. Read here.

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program 2019-20

May 2019

We are proud to announce our next year's cohort of CDDRL Honors Program students!

VIDEO: Why the rise of populist nationalism is dangerous - Francis Fukuyama

March 2019

Francis Fukuyama tells News24 how the rise of populism – also in South Africa – might impact society in future.Watch it here.

INTERVIEW: A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama

March 2019

Yoshikazu Kato, Adjunct Associate Professor of Asia Global Institute, talks with Francis Fukuyama about his work, Political Order and Political Decay: From Industrial Revolution to the...

Identity Politics – The Demand for Dignity and the Nation State’s Future

March 2019

Watch Francis Fukuyama's lecture he gave in Vienna in March, 2019 on Identity and the Nation State’s Future as part of The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks 2019. Full video here.

LECTURE: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics: The Demand for Dignity and the Nation State's Future

March 2019

Watch a livestream of Francis Fukuyama's lecture given on Thursday, March 7th at the ERSTE Foundation's Tipping Point Talks of 2019. Watch it here.

NEWS FEATURE: The Trump Musical: 'Anything Goes'

March 2019

In this New York Times opinion piece on the global implications of Trump's leadership, columnist Thomas L.

Making Better Use of Lessons From Abroad for American Democracy

March 2019

Didi Kuo joins Thomas Carothers, senior Vice President for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in outlining the ways in which ideas, experiences, and lessons from other...

The Long Freedom Slump

February 2019

Larry Diamond explains to the American Interest that while democracy is not declining, developing countries are taking a turn for the worse. Read it here.

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

February 2019

The Partially Examined Life interviews Francis Fukuyama on his 2018 book 'Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.Listen to part one here. 

PODCAST: Jaw-Jaw: How Chinese Sharp Power Takes Aim at American Democracy

February 2019

Larry Diamond breaks down Beijing’s efforts to direct “sharp power” against institutions in the United States in this podcast. Listen here. 

A Remedy for Government Shutdowns: “No Play, No Pay.”

February 2019

Bruce E. Cain tells The American Interest that a constitutional amendment could be just the incentive members of Congress need to compromise in the face of government shutdowns. Read it here. 

Against Identity Politics

February 2019

Francis Fukuyama explains to Foreign Affairs that identity politics are the "New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy." Read it here.

Stacey Abrams Debates Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

February 2019

Stacey Abrams tells Francis Fukuyama that identity politics actually strengthen democracy. Read it here. 

A Hinge in History?

January 2019

Larry Diamond writes in the American Interest that we are living in dangerous times and may be on the brink of a domestic constitutional crisis. Read it here.

Fukuyama Was Right (Mostly)

January 2019

Paul D. Miller tells the American Interest that Francis Fukuyama's central contention still rings true: There is no conceivable ideological rival to liberal democracy. Read it here. 

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama on 2018, a year in identity politics

January 2019

Francis Fukuyama sits down with The World's Carol Hills to go over the identity politics of 2018. Listen here. 

Q&A: Ideology Is Out, Identity Is In

December 2018

Francis Fukuyama joins Nick Gillespie for a thoughtful Q&A on the rise of populism in the West and the role of identity politics in thwarting the end of history. Read here.

The Great Recession has influenced populist movements today, say Stanford scholars

December 2018

Francis Fukuyama discusses why populist messages have emerged in contemporary politics alongside Anna Grzymala-Busse and Neil Malhotra. Read here. 

China Gets Its Message to Americans but Doesn’t Want to Reciprocate

December 2018

Beijing enjoys a big megaphone in America even as it blocks U.S. media outlets, hinders independent scholars and limits U.S.

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.

APARC Scholar on Taiwan's Local Elections

November 2018

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a large setback in Taiwan’s local elections on November 24, 2018, with voters delivering a sharp rebuke to President Tsai Ing-wen.We curate here...

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Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Dr. Chonira Enushka Aturupane Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Lecturer in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) Program
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL 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 Lecturer, CDDRL
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, CDDRL