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.

Scholarly Publications

The Failure of Europe's Mainstream Parties

October 2019

The failure of mainstream political-party competition fueled the rise of populism in Europe.

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.

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...

Of Regimes and Rhinoceroses: Immigration, Outgroup Prejudice, and the Micro-foundations of Democratic Decline

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 DO NOT cite without checking with the authors first.

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.

News

Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

August 2019

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may meet President Donald Trump this weekend in Warsaw and is expected to travel to the United States later in the fall.  This gives Mr.

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.

Events

Book Talk "Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty" with Norman M. Naimark

November 13, 2019

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The Putin Exodus and Its Implications for Russia and the West

September 10, 2019

 This event is now full and we are unable to take any further reservations.

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.

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.
English

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

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