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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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.

Why deciding to ‘move forward’ with Putin is a big mistake

July 2017

In his readout of the first meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the desire of both presidents to forget about the past —...

 The Illusions of Disillusion

June 2017

 Three-quarters of 1 percent: that was the vote tally
 that Jean-Marie Le Pen managed to eke out the first time he ran for the presidency of France in the early 1970s.

Social Media, New Technologies and the Middle East

June 2017

It is a global story, a new industrial revolution.

A German chancellor like no other

June 2017

Helmut Kohl, the long-serving German leader who reunified his country after the fall of the Berlin Wall and championed Europe’s integration, died on Friday at 87.

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom

May 2017

From the former secretary of state and bestselling author -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom.From the end of...

Nationalism, Populism, Islamism

May 2017

Not that long ago, debates over politics were anchored in a clear opposition between universalism and relativism.

Voting Behavior in the Council of the European Union: The Effect of the Trio Presidency

May 2017

This paper examines the Trio Presidency and its impact on voting behavior in the Council of the European Union.

France Isn't Good For The Jews

April 2017

Born into a Jewish family in Algeria in 1948, Bernard-Henri Lévy was raised in Paris, where he enrolled in the elite Ecole Normale in the embattled year of 1968.

The Russian Empire 1450-1801

March 2017

Modern Russian identity and historical experience has been largely shaped by Russia's imperial past: an empire that was founded in the early modern era and endures in large part today.

This is why Democrats lose in ‘rural’ postindustrial America

February 2017

In my earlier post I suggested that voters in rural areas and small industrial towns are often two rather distinct demographic groups that should not be conflated.

‘Red’ America is an illusion. Postindustrial towns go for Democrats.

February 2017

Media professionals and intellectuals in the large coastal cities have long struggled to understand the white, non-metropolitan counties in the middle of the country.

Dear Trump: Defending democracy is no vice

January 2017

For decades, American presidents have used their inaugural addresses to celebrate the values of freedom. At his inauguration on Friday, President Donald Trump will take to the podium to declare his...

Allies First, Mr. President

January 2017

Here’s how Donald Trump can reassure our alliesthatthe United States won’t abandon its friends.

All Quiet on the Balkan Front?

January 2017

With Yugoslavia’s successor states simmeringwith conflict and discontent,problems of security,governance, and identity could boil over.

The election of Antonio Tajani as EP President: A backroom deal that creates clarity

January 2017

On 17 January, Antonio Tajani took over as the new President of the European Parliament. Christophe Crombez argues that while Tajani’s election has been portrayed by some observers as another EU...

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

January 2017

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality?...

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
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
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