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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Putin as a State-Builder

December 2005

If Vladimir Putin were to be asked whether he has been performing as an effective state-builder during the almost five years of his presidency, he would surely reply in the affirmative.

Can the Russian Military-Industrial Complex Be Privatized?: Evaluating the Experiment in Employee Ownership at the Saratov Aviation Plant

May 1993

During the most recent Russian-American summit in Vancouver, Canada in April 1993, President Clinton announced a major new initiative to assist Russia's transition to a market economy.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Islamist Militancy in South Asia

January 2010

Throughout its history, Pakistan has deliberately used non-state actors as a strategy of asymmetric warfare against stronger adversaries such as India and the Soviet Union.

Defending the National Interest: Raw Materials Investments and U.S. Foreign Policy

December 1978

The book's basic analytic assumption is that there is a distinction between state and society.

Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy

December 1999

The acceptance of human rights and minority rights, the increasing role of international financial institutions, and globalization have led many observers to question the continued viability of the...

Political Change in Taiwan: Implications for American Policy

October 2000

Transcript of an address given by Richard Bush, chairman of the board and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, on May 24, 2000.

Political Liberalism Abroad

January 2007

This paper was discussed at the Global Justice workshop on January 19, 2007.Excerpt from pages 2 through 3 of Michael Blake's "Political Liberalism Abroad": Whereas Rawls himself emphasizes...

Applying the Odious Debts Doctrine while Preserving Legitimate Lending

June 2006

This paper was discussed at the Global Justice workshop on November 3, 2006.

Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War

December 2003

Russia, once seen as America's greatest adversary, is now viewed by the United States as a potential partner.

Workshop on Regime Transitions from Communist Rule in Comparative Perspective

December 2003

On 15-16 November 2002, the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law of the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University sponsored a workshop in Stanford, CA on "Regime...

Breakthrough or Breakdown? The Future of Democracy in Ukraine

December 2003

U.S. Foreign Policy and Chechnya

December 2003

Chechnya has been and remains one of the greatest stains in Russia's efforts to move toward a more open and democratic system .

The Liberty Doctrine: Reclaiming the Purpose of American Power

April 2002

The immediate response of President Bush and his administration to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States was superb, both purposeful and principled a military,...

Putin and the Media

December 2003

Putin and Democratization

December 2003

Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin

December 2002

For centuries, dictators ruled Russia. Tsars and Communist Party chiefs were in charge for so long some analysts claimed Russians had a cultural predisposition for authoritarian leaders.

Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000

December 2003

Twice in the winter of 1999-2000, citizens of the Russian Federation flocked to their neighborhood voting stations and scratched their ballots in an atmosphere of uncertainty, rancor, and fear....

Sovereign Democracy and Shrinking Political Space

April 2006

Several years ago, Kremlin public relations specialists coined the term "managed democracy" to describe the unique features of Russia's evolving political system.

Generational Change in Russia

January 2003

For most of the 1990s, American foreign policymakers, analysts of Russia in the United States, and leaders of American nongovernmental organizations have pointed to generational change as the...

Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Post-Communist Political Reform

February 2004

For hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still?

Russian Civil Society

April 2002

For those concerned with democratization in the communist world, the final years of the Soviet Union were a truly exhilarating time.

Transformative Engagement Through Law: The <i>Acquis Communautaire</i> as an Instrument of EU External Influence

December 2007

The inquiry into the economics, political and legal reasons for third countries to align, or refrain from aligning, their domestic rules, institutions and policies with the acquis communautaire,...

Unbearable Lightness of Democracy

December 2003

When is a democracy perfect? Even if we subscribe to the minimalist definition ofdemocracy, or to a more demanding one, the answer remains difficult.

Democratic Quality: Freedom and Rights

December 2003

For much of the past decade I have been engaged in assessing the level or quality of democracy in a number of countries, both for the UK Democratic Audit and for the International Institute for...

People

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
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Ayça Alemdaroğlu Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director, Program on Turkey