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.

Scholarly Publications

African States Since Independence: Order, Development, and Democracy (Castle Lecture Series)

May 2019

Authors Christensen and Laitin argue that an interplay of geographic, historical, and demographic factors undergird sub‑Saharan states’ post‑independence struggles to eradicate poverty, establish...

In Search of Democracy 4.0: Is Democracy as We Know It Destined to Die?

March 2019

There are plenty of indicators of doom: Donald Trump riding roughshod over U.S.

Genocide and Global and/or World History: Reflections

January 2018

Soon after Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe in 1944, he began working on a world history of genocide to popularize his neologism.

Other Publications

Crowdsourcing accountability: ICT for service delivery

December 2018

We examine the effect on service delivery outcomes of a new information communication technology (ICT) platform that allows citizens to send free and anonymous messages to local government...

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Backlash in Broader Perspective

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

Migrants, Minorities, and Populists in Asia

June 2018

This document is a memo from the "Immigration And Populism" workshop held at Stanford University in 2018.This is a work in progress. DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

News

Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

October 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

Stanford study examines political reckoning of authoritarians in the face of crises

December 2017

In the years since World War II, as the global geopolitical map was drawn and redrawn along ideological lines, the world witnessed ascension of many authoritarians.

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...

Events

Elections in a time of fragmentation and polarization: the European Parliament and Belgium

April 3, 2019

 To listen to the audio recording of this talk, please visit our multimedia page.The EU and its member states are currently facing a number of extraordinary internal and external challenges.

The Market Model: Comparative Immigration Regimes in 30 Countries Worldwide

March 28, 2019

Professor Justin Gest will present an unique study of immigration governance across 30 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, East Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Catalonia, popular republicanism, and the crisis of Europe

March 25, 2019

Catalonia’s bid for independence seems to have involved a major political puzzle for considerable parts of the European public, including academia.

Projects

European Public Finance

Modern European states have significant responsibilities to their populace, including ensuring that citizens’ basic needs are met and the provision of security, law and order, and other public...
English

European Governance

The governance of Europe has constantly been reimagined, debated, and revolutionized.
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Austrian and Central European Program

The Europe Center's Austrian and Central European Program seeks to advance relations between the United States and Austria and Central Europe.
English

Multimedia

Elections in a time of fragmentation and polarization: the European Parliament and Belgium

May 2019

 As the European Parliament elections draw near this month, Christophe Crombez discusses what he sees as the possible outcomes in this period of fragmentation and polarization in the European Union.Christophe Crombez is Senior Research Scholar at...

How Democracies Die

April 2019

 At Daniel Ziblatt's April 11th talk based on scholarship from his recent book co-authored with Steven Levitsky, How Democracies Die, he discussed the current dangers facing democracies around the world, and ways of preventing democracy's...

The Future of Europe

April 2019

 In her April 4th talk at The Europe Center, Professor Kathleen McNamara discussed the future of Europe and the EU in comparative historical terms, showing that such challenges are nothing new when governing power is centralized.  Kathleen R....

People

Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
Roland Hsu Affiliate
Jodok Troy, The Europe Center Visiting Scholar Jodok Troy Network Affiliate