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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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Post Catalonia referendum

October 2017

Joan Ramon Resina, professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and Comparative Literature, and the director of The Europe Center's Iberian Studies Program, shares his perspective on the...

Macron, Brexit and the Future of European Politics

July 2017

 Patrick Chamorel, senior resident scholar at the Stanford Center in Washington DC, weighs in on the geopolitical impact of the French and UK elections in a Scholars' Circle interview.  Joining the...

Breaking down Brexit

June 2017

Christophe Crombez, Stanford Senior Research Scholar at The Europe Center, talks about the global effects of Brexit on World AffairsTo listen to the conversation in its entirety, please visit the...

The Europe Center May 2017

May 2017

 Event Recap: Former Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, Visits StanfordIn his April visit to Stanford University, Alexander Stubb, former Prime Minister of Finland and current member of the...

The Europe Center April 2017

April 2017

 Event Recap: First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Visits Stanford In her April visit to Stanford University, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National...

The Europe Center February 2017

February 2017

 40 Years of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor Program at StanfordAn "Amerika-Sterne" Token2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor...

The Europe Center January 2017

January 2017

 Event Recap: The European Crises, Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton University) The Europe Center kicked off its winter quarter talks by continuing its series on the European Union.

The fallout from Brexit

November 2016

Christophe Crombez, Senior Research Scholar at The Europe Center, and Nick Bloom, Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow at SIEPR, explored the short-term and long-term consequences of Brexit and...

Britain wiser to remain in European Union, Stanford scholar says

June 2016

The United Kingdom would lose more than it would gain if it left the European Union, a Stanford scholar said.So would other European nations, and the real winners would be countries that seek to...

FSI faculty discuss diplomacy and foreign policy amid global turmoil

March 2016

Three of Stanford's most seasoned international affairs experts discussed foreign policy and diplomacy – and practiced a bit of it on stage, too – as they tackled the topics of refugees, Russia and...

The Europe Center February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016

 Event Recap: Human Rights and Refugees in Europe Pictured: Kenneth Scheve, Jenny Martinez, Emily Arnold-Fernàndez, and James Cavallaro.Amidst the reimposition of border controls in some Schengen...

The Europe Center January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016

Special Event: The European Migration CrisisUpcoming talk by Emily Arnold-Fernández, Founder and Executive Director, Asylum Access. Discussants:James Cavallaro, Professor of Law, Stanford Law...

Migration crisis divides European policymakers

August 2015

The recent discovery of at least 50 dead migrants aboard a boat off the shores of Libya sparked a discussion on KQED Radio’s “forum with Michael Krasny" about the escalating crisis (Thurs., Aug.

Stanford scholar unpacks the rhetoric behind extremist politician's mainstream success

April 2015

French politician Marine Le Pen carried her father's right-wing fringe political party to first place in the country's latest elections for European Parliament.Stanford scholar Cécile Alduy says Le...

The Europe Center February 2015 Newsletter

February 2015

The Europe Center February 2015 Newsletter

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

The Europe Center October 2014 Newsletter

October 2014

 The Europe Center Graduate Student Grant CompetitionCall for Proposals:The Europe Center is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Graduate Student Grant Competition for graduate and professional...

A tight race for the Scottish independence vote

September 2014

Scottish voters go to the polls this Thursday to determine whether to remain part of the United Kingdom, or to become an independent Scotland.  The latest polls show a neck and neck race, a...

Stanford scholar views France's nationalistic politics with a historical eye

July 2014

Marine Le Pen and the French political party she leads, the National Front, are the topics of a book being written by Stanford Associate Professor Cécile Alduy.Photo Credit: Jacques Brinon/APIn an...

Journal Article: "Technology and the Era of the Mass Army," written by Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato, Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

June 2014

Written by Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca), Kenneth Scheve (Stanford University), and David Stasavage (New York University), this article investigates the...

Journal Article: "Legislative Activity and Gridlock in the European Union," written by Christophe Crombez and Simon Hix

June 2014

The latest publication by Stanford Consulting Professor Christophe Crombez and LSE Professor Simon Hix on European Union (EU) policy making.

The Europe Center June 2014 Newsletter

June 2014

The Europe Center June 2014 Newsletter

European Union can overcome extremism vote, Stanford faculty say

May 2014

Stanford scholars say the European Union faces one of its most critical challenges after anti-EU parties made widespread electoral gains based on issues like immigration, austerity and elitism....

The Europe Center May 2014 Newsletter

May 2014

The Europe Center May 2014 Newsletter

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Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Fellow, S-APARC, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus
Roland Hsu Affiliate