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 Publications

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Once, the ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ united Americans. Now it divides them.

April 2019

Even as Notre Dame Cathedral was burning, pundits such as Ben Shapiro and Katie Hopkins began to mourn it as a “monument to Western civilization … built on the Judeo-Christian heritage” —...

The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes

February 2019

Religious actors and their political concepts are commonly assumed to be conservative, static, and aligned with the private contemplative world.

Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts

January 2019

This volume draws on emerging scholarship at the intersection of two already vibrant fields: medieval material culture and medieval sensory experience.

What the death of the INF Treaty means for Europe

November 2018

The 1987 INF Treaty was a landmark arms control and disarmament agreement that eliminated from Europe the most dangerous weapons of the era, and significantly decreased nuclear threats between NATO...

Guarding Traditions and Laws—Disciplining Bodies and Souls: Tradition, science, and religion in the age of Ottoman reform

October 2018

This article examines the religious and intellectual dynamics behind the Ottoman military reform movement, known as the New Order, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries....

Agricultural Policies in the Caribbean: A Regional Analysis

October 2018

This publication summarizes the agricultural policy analyses conducted in nine Caribbean countries (Suriname, Guyana, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, The Bahamas, and Trinidad...

The Intertemporal Keynesian Cross

September 2018

We demonstrate the importance of intertemporal marginal propensities to consume (iMPCs) in disciplining general equilibrium models with heterogeneous agents and nominal rigidities.

The long-term impact of employment bans on the economic integration of refugees

September 2018

Many European countries impose employment bans that prevent asylum seekers from entering the local labor market for a certain waiting period upon arrival.

Making gender diversity work for scientific discovery and innovation

September 2018

Gender diversity has the potential to drive scientific discovery and innovation.

Determinants of refugee naturalization in the United States

September 2018

The United States operates the world’s largest refugee resettlement program.

Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality

August 2018

According to most scholars, the Enlightenment was a rational awakening, a radical break from a past dominated by religion and superstition. But in Let There Be Enlightenment, Anton M.

Mirrors for Princes and Sultans: Advice on the Art of Governance in the Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds

August 2018

When did European modes of political thought diverge from those that existed in other world regions?

Projecting Nature: Agostino Scilla’s Seventeenth-Century Fossil Drawings

August 2018

In 1670 the Sicilian painter Agostino Scilla (1629–1700) devised an entirely new way of depicting fossils when he wrote and illustrated his Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense (1670–1671), which...

Authenticity, Complaint, and the Russianness of American Jewish Literature

July 2018

Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and their critics embraced the notion that their work displayed an affinity to Russian and Yiddish literature, especially to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky...

Making Godly Nations: Church-State Pathways in Poland and the Philippines

July 2018

How does religious nationalism arise? Poland and the Philippines represent two striking examples of religious and national identities becoming practically coterminous.

Connecting Continents: Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean World (Indian Ocean Studies Series) ed. Krish Seetah

June 2018

In recent decades, the vast and culturally diverse Indian Ocean region has increasingly attracted the attention of anthropologists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other...

‘The Pope’s own hand outstretched’: Holy See diplomacy as a hybrid mode of diplomatic agency

May 2018

The unconventional nature of Holy See diplomats rests in the composite character of their ecclesiastical role as the Pope’s representatives and their legal diplomatic status and commencement to...

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

May 2018

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s...

Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

May 2018

Hans Asperger, the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassionate defense of children with disabilities.

The Long-Term Spillover Effects of Changes in the Return to Schooling

April 2018

We study the short and long-term spillover effects of a pay reform that substantially increased the returns to schooling in Israeli kibbutzim.

How Much Should We Trust Estimates from Multiplicative Interaction Models? Simple Tools to Improve Empirical Practice

April 2018

Multiplicative interaction models are widely used in social science to examine whether the relationship between an outcome and an independent variable changes with a moderating variable.

How England Fell off the Map of Voltaire's Enlightenment

April 2018

Voltaire's Letters Concerning the English Nation (Lettres philosophiques) have left the indelible impression that the French philosophe was fundamentally marked by his exposure to English thought...

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

April 2018

We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology.

Inequality and redistribution behavior in a give-or-take game

April 2018

Why has economic inequality risen dramatically over the past few decades even in democracies where individuals could vote for more redistribution?

People

Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
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
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus