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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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.

Governance of the global commons: a question of supply and demand, the answer of polycentricism

December 2018

Edited by Samuel Cogolati and Jan WoutersGiven the new-found importance of the commons in current political discourse, it has become increasingly necessary to explore the democratic, institutional,...

Knowledge Management for Democratic Governance of Socio-Technical Systems (Chapter in The Future of Digital Democracy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.)

December 2018

The Digital Transformation (DX) is a broad term describing the changes and innovations brought about by the introduction of information and communication technologies into all aspects of society....

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...

Disaggregating Opposition to Immigration

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.

Disaggregating Opposition to Immigration

June 2018

From a 2018 workshop on "Populism and Immigration" at Stanford University. Memo by Francis Fukuyama. 

Out of Line: Populist Rhetoric, Immigration, and the Line-Standing Frame

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.

Don't Fear Muslim Immigrants

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.

Immigration and the Defense of White Identity

June 2018

From a 2018 workshop on "Populism and Immigration" at Stanford University

Institutions of Identity and the Liberal Democratic Dilemma

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.

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.

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.

Closed Borders, Open Coffers: The Nativist Nanny State and the Rebranding of the European Far Right

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.

Becoming Black: Understanding immigrant resistance to assimilation in the U.S.

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.

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.

Red Leviathan: Authority and Violence in Revolutionary Political Culture

December 2017

As Mao euphemistically remarked, revolutions are not dinner parties. Violence is to be expected when political regimes are overturned.

Global Europe: Rethinking migration, democracy, and what sustains Europe at home at abroad

December 2017

The "Brexit" has been seen as a major blow that changes the future of Europe, at the time when nationalist and separatist movements seem most ascendant, and the EU seems to be the toxic subject for...

Two “Popes” to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics

November 2017

Despite recent studies on leadership, the discipline of International Relations is still reluctant to engage in studies of individual agency in the international structure.

‘Sons of the soil’: A model of assimilation and population control

November 2017

We model the cultural outcomes of ‘sons of the soil’ conflicts.

Global Populisms and Their Impact

October 2017

Populism is on the rise: but to understand this phenomenon, we should first clearly conceptualize it and recognize that populism takes on different forms in various historical and political...

Who Leads the West and Why: Trump or Merkel? Constitutional Cultures in the United States and Germany

September 2017

Theodor Fontane, the master of German realist fiction, published his first novel, Before the Storm, in 1876.

Trading in the Twenty-First Century: Is There a Role for the World Trade Organization?

July 2017

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) begins its third decade, its future is uncertain.

People

Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
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
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
Roland Hsu Affiliate
Jodok Troy, The Europe Center Visiting Scholar Jodok Troy Network Affiliate