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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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....

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.

Totalitarianism as a Mindset Can Be Anywhere

March 2020

The authors of “The End of History” and “Reading Lolita in Tehran” discuss coronavirus, Iran, James Baldwin, campus culture, and why imagination and literature are essential to combatting...

How We Can Manage the Pandemic and Preserve our Democracy

March 2020

COVID-19 presents us with both our worst public health crisis in a century and the greatest challenge to our democracy since World War II.

Embracing the Limits of a Liberal Dream

March 2020

 “Accommodate a despotic ruler if you have to,” says Stephen Krasner, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in his forthcoming book How to Make...

Francis Fukuyama: Populism is a threat to democracy

February 2020

Countries retreating into closed systems and deciding to protect only their own groups could prevent international cooperation on climate change issues which is the only way to avert climate...

Stanford Experts Publish Recommendations to Safeguard Democratic Elections Around the World

February 2020

A Q&A with Professor Stephen Stedman, who serves as the Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.Stephen Stedman, a Senior Fellow at the...

A Season of Caesars

December 2019

"Ideologically, today’s autocrats are a more motley and pragmatic crew.

The Impeachment Conundrum

November 2019

The Democrats are facing a dilemma: If they defend democratic norms by acting to remove President Trump from office, they risk getting dragged into a polarizing style of politics that works to his...

Can Egypt’s Democratic Hopes Be Revived?

November 2019

In today’s Egypt, commitment to democracy appears scarce among actors both within the regime and in civil society, and public-opinion polls further suggest that demands for democratic governance...

Macron versus the Yellow Vests

October 2019

Since November 2018, a grassroots revolt of the forgotten lower middle classes from France’s far-flung suburbs and rural areas has risen against high taxes; social injustice; and the elites,...

America in One Room

October 2019

Are we really more divided than ever, politically? The results of 'America in One Room' show we're not.

‘The Beacon Has Gone Out’: What Trump and Giuliani Have Wrought

October 2019

Our Francis Fukuyama and UELP alumni, Sergii Leshchenko (Draper Hills Summer Fellow 2017) and Oleksandra Ustinova (Ukrainian emerging leaders 2018-9), are feat inMichelle Goldberg's NYT opinion...

Georgetown Scholar Analyzes Tunisia's "Vital Election" [VIDEO]

October 2019

In a talk dated October 7, 2019, Georgetown University Associate Professor of Government Daniel Brumberg analyzed the outcome of Tunisia’s legislative election and its implications for democratic...

What Does Dignity Have to Do with Liberal Democracy? Listen Now

September 2019

Liberal democracy is being challenged by populist nationalist leaders and they’re fanning the flames of identity politics.

A ‘Democratic Depression’ Could Be Around the Corner

August 2019

Democratic institutions worldwide have reached a unique and precarious turning point, said Larry Diamond on a recent episode of the World Class podcast by the Freeman Spogli Institute for...

Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

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.

UC Santa Cruz Scholars Discuss the Origins and Implications of Algeria’s Uprising [VIDEO]

June 2019

In a talk dated May 31, 2019, UC Santa Cruz scholars Muriam Haleh Davis and Thomas Serres examined Algeria’s recent uprising, which led to the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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...

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krasner Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
ADiaz website Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Martinezweb Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
didi pic Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
sgsb 0644 saumitra jhart web preview Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
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bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
FR Milani1 Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Fafchamps Photo Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
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Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science