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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ARD Releases July 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

August 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the July 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy...

ARD Releases June 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

July 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the June 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy...

Meet the 2022 Draper Hills Summer Fellows

June 2022

Fellows will arrive at Stanford at the end of July to begin the three-week training program that provides a forum for civil society leaders to exchange experiences and receive academic and policy...

ARD Releases May 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

June 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the May 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy...

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law Releases Policy and Scenario Report on the Future of California's Governance

June 2022

The research team led by Francis Fukuyama and Michael Bennon examined where California has been, where it’s at, and where it’s headed when it comes to possible scenarios and policy alternatives for...

ARD Releases April 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

May 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the April 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy...

Mofeed-19 Discusses the Pandemic's Impact on Lebanon's Sectarian Politics

May 2022

Rima Majed, Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University of Beirut, joins ARD scholars Amr Hamzawy and Hesham Sallam on the sixth episode of Mofeed-19, a 19-minute video podcast that...

Sanaa Seif and Sharif Abdel Kouddous Discuss Egypt's Worsening Human Rights Situation

May 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring prominent political activist Sanaa Seif and award-winning journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who discussed the current...

CDDRL Honors Aluma Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

May 2022

Carson Smith (honors class of 2018-19) is among 70 scholars in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars' fifth cohort.

ARD Releases Jan-March 2022 Edition of Mofeed Digest

April 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Mofeed Digest (January-March 2022), a periodic recap of the most important...

Texas A&M Political Scientist Examines Political Economy of Democracy Aid in the Middle East

April 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring Erin A. Snider, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, who...

Amichai Magen Selected as Inaugural Visiting Fellow in Israel Studies

April 2022

Magen, a scholar of law, government and international relations, will arrive at Stanford in the 2022-2023 academic year.

"We Have Entered a New Historical Era": Larry Diamond on the Future of Democracy

April 2022

Speaking at the April 2022 meeting of the FSI Council, Larry Diamond offered his assessment of the present dangers to global democracy and the need to take decisive action in support of liberal...

A History of Unity: A Look at FSI’s Special Relationship with Ukraine

April 2022

Since 2005, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies has cultivated rich academic ties and friendships with Ukrainian scholars and civic leaders as part of our mission to support...

ARD Launches Mofeed Digest

March 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the launch of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy publications, reports, and...

New Continuing Studies Course on Nonviolence with The World House Project's Clayborne Carson

March 2022

Enrollment is open now for "Nonviolence and Human Rights in the World House: Realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision," which will run Thursdays from April 14 through June 2.

Statement in Support of Ukraine

February 2022

We condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked Russian assault on Ukraine.

CDDRL’s Ukrainian Alumni Reflect on Current Crisis

February 2022

Many of our program alumni have played important and influential roles in the country's political, economic, and social development, and have their own perspectives in what follows on why it is...

What the Ukraine-Russia Crisis Says about the Global Struggle for Democracy

January 2022

Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk joins Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast to analyze Russia's aggression towards Ukraine and how it fits into Vladamir Putin's...

The Legacy of January 6

January 2022

On the first anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, scholars from across FSI reflect on the ongoing ramifications the violence is having on America's domestic politics and international...

New Continuing Studies Course with Clayborne Carson

December 2021

Available through Stanford Continuing Studies, "American Prophet: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." will run online for eight weeks on Thursdays from January 20 through March...

Stanford welcomes Ukrainian emerging leaders after COVID-19 disruption

October 2021

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, fellows of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program are now on campus, ready to begin their ten months attending classes and working on projects tackling issues...

‘Everything is Possible in Ukraine’: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Stanford Community During Historic Visit

September 2021

President Zelenskyy outlined the steps his administration is undertaking to bring increased digitization to Ukraine, curb corruption and create more equitable access to public services for more...

Introducing Our 2021-22 Pre and Postdoctoral Fellows

September 2021

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to welcome six pre- and postdoctoral fellows who will be joining us for the 2021-22 academic year. These scholars will...

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Alberto Diaz-Cayeros Headshot Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Scholar, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Pascaline Dupas Headshot Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR, Director, Stanford King Center on Global Development
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Chonira Aturupane Chonira Aturupane Senior Research Scholar Associate Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
Denis Gutenko Headshot Denis Gutenko UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Lisa Blaydes Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science