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 Events

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Governance and Grassroots Justice in Africa

May 15, 2013

Special Seminar at Stanford Law School in partnership with the Levin Center

Building Cities In the Desert: A Way Out of Internment Camps for Refugees?

May 6, 2013

Bio: Emily Arnold-Fernández is the executive director of Asylum Access, an innovative international nonprofit that transforms the human rights landscape for refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin...

The Marikana Mineworkers Massacre and the Crisis of Democracy in Post-Apartheid South Africa

December 4, 2012

Abstract: Mazibuko Jara, one of the Social Entrepreneurs in Residence this fall through CDDRL’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship, will be discussing the August 16 massacre of striking mineworkers...

Panel and Special Reception to Meet the Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford

November 15, 2012

The Program on Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law invites you to a special event and reception to meet the second class of Social...

Using Legal Frameworks to Foster Social Change: A Panel Discussion with the Fall 2012 Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford

November 14, 2012

Using Legal Frameworks to Foster Social Change: A Panel Discussion with the Fall 2012 Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford November 14, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm Room 280A The Levin Center for...

First Annual Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Exchange

November 9, 2012

  First Annual Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Exchange This event welcomes undergrads and graduate students across campus --- from those who are just learning about social entrepreneurship to...

Customary Law and the Constitution in Post-Apartheid South Africa

October 31, 2012

This is co-sponsered with Stanford's Center for Africa Studies Abstract: Rural dwellers in the former homeland areas of South Africa are now increasingly defined as rightless subjects, as a result...

What Islam Whose Islam: Creating a Public International Voice of Muslim Women Demanding Equality and Justice in Islam

October 18, 2012

Abstract: Zainah Anwar will speak on the necessity and possibility of reform in the way Islam is understood and used as a source of law and public policy in Muslim contexts.

International Public Interest Initiative Symposium

October 11, 2012

This two-day symposium will bring together lawyers who are litigating human rights cases in international tribunals, lawyers who deploying international human rights frameworks to advance legal...

Launch of the Program on Social Entrepreneurship

April 6, 2012

Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, invites you to celebrate the launch of the Program on Social Entrepreneurship (PSE) and the arrival of the first cohort...

Attorneys and New Philanthrophy

April 5, 2012

Will Fitzpatrick is the General Counsel of Omidyar Network.  He will be sharing his perspectives on the role of philanthropy in social change, and the role that attorneys can play in philanthropy. ...

Women, War and Peace

October 13, 2011

This event is co-sponsored by the Program on Social Entrepreneurship at CDDRL together with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Program in Ethics in Society, and the Center on...

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Audrey McGowan Events and Summer Fellows Program Coordinator