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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Global Populisms and their International Diffusion (2-day conference)

February 15, 2019

Open to Stanford faculty, students, staff and visting scholars.This conference aims to examine the international aspects of the rise of populism across the globe: the role of international...

The Future of Europe

February 11, 2019

Brexit, the migrant crisis, the rise of authoritarian regimes, and the eurozone’s calamities have called into question the EU’s very existence.

Brexit, Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration

February 7, 2019

The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence.

Coalition-Directed Economic Vote and the Finance Minister

January 10, 2019

Recent experimental evidence finds that the decision maker in a collective decision making entity with proposal power attracts a disproportionate amount of the blame or reward by those materially...

Populism and Innovation: Twin Challenges for Europe?

December 1, 2018

 Matteo Renzi was born in Florence in January 1975. In 2004 he was elected president of the province of Florence; five years later, in 2009, he was elected Mayor of Florence.

Translating Cultures: Multilingualism and Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern World -- Stanford CMEMS Primary Source Symposium (Day 1 of 2)

October 4, 2018

Annual Stanford Primary Source Symposium For further information, including the speakers and talk titles, please visit https://cmems.stanford.edu/primary-source-symposium Co-sponsored by the Europe...

Translating Cultures: Multilingualism and Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern World -- Stanford CMEMS Primary Source Symposium (Day 2 of 2)

October 4, 2018

Annual Stanford Primary Source Symposium For further information, including the speakers and talk titles, please visit https://cmems.stanford.edu/primary-source-symposium Co-sponsored by the Europe...

CASBS Symposium: Populist Challenges to Democracy

September 18, 2018

How do populism and nationalism challenge democracy? Can they instead help to sustain it?

What's the Matter with Italy?

July 18, 2018

This event is open to Stanford faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars.Roberto D’Alimonte is professor of political science  at Luiss-Guido Carli in Rome and chair of the department of...

Crimea: Russia's Unique Experiment on Integration of Annexed Territory | A Conversation with Mustafa Dzhemilev

May 15, 2018

This event is now full. Please send an email to sj1874@stanford.edu if you would like to be added to the wait list. Crimea has become a precedent in the newest world history.

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

April 9, 2018

We have reached capacity for CEMEX Auditorium and are no longer accepting RSVPsWatchMichael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia and director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for...

Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?

April 2, 2018

With the UK on the brink of exiting the European Union, prominent British voices are calling for the country to reconsider its decision to leave.

Voting Patterns in the European Parliament: Is the Structure of Political Conflict Changing?

March 6, 2018

In this paper we study the changing multi-dimensional structure of political (ideological) conflict in the European Parliament.

Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Vladimir Kara-Murza and Michael McFaul

March 6, 2018

Nemtsov is a documentary film about the late leader of the Russian opposition, directed by his friend and colleague Vladimir Kara-Murza. The film chronicles a remarkable political life.

Digital transformation of democracy? Challenges and Opportunities

February 20, 2018

In this talk we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of various digital initiatives and their potential to affect democracy.

Conference | The Communist Century: New Studies in Revolution, Resistance and Radicalism

February 1, 2018

Conference Agenda:Friday, February 9, 20189:00am - 5:30pmStanford Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St.9:00-9:30 am: Breakfast9:30-9:45 am: Introductory Remarks9:45-10:45 am:...

Keynote | Communist Century: New Studies in Revolution, Resistance and Radicalism

February 1, 2018

Keynote: Thursday, February 8, 20186:00pmStanford Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St.

Partnering & Parricide: Establishment reactions to new political parties, and their electoral effects

January 19, 2018

For a democracy, a necessary condition is openness to new political ideas. New ideas are often carried by new political parties.

Seminar with Lars-Erik Cederman

January 11, 2018

Born in Sweden in 1963, Lars-Erik Cederman received an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Uppsala in 1988 and an M.A.

Seminar with James Alt

January 11, 2018

James E. Alt is the Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government.

Odd one out? The UK government’s voting behaviour in the EU Council

December 15, 2017

EU legislative politics have changed dramatically during the past decade, and the British government has been a vocal and influential voice in shaping EU policies and processes.

The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

December 14, 2017

This event is now full, and we are no longer able to accept reservations.

Populism as a Problem of Social Integration

October 9, 2017

We contend that contemporary support for populist parties stems from a set of economic and cultural developments that have severed the connections that usually bind people to their society....

Bargaining Success in the Reform of the Eurozone

September 19, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015, EU governments negotiated consecutive reforms to the governance of the eurozone which, taken together, represent perhaps the most significant deepening of European...

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
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
Steven Pifer Affiliate