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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.

Other Publications

US-Russia rift threatens science ties that keep us safe

December 2016

Siegfried Hecker describes Russia's systematic termination of nuclear cooperation with the United States and the harmful consequences that this could have for both countries.

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

How to build NERC CIP compliance: a new course by the SANS Institute

June 2016

This post is a review of a five-day NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) training being offered by the SANS institute.

News

Media roundtable focuses on security, defense, democracy

October 2017

Deep policy discussions between journalists and top Stanford scholars highlighted a recent media roundtable at the Hoover Institution.The event drew about 30 members of the national media from a...

Events

Evolving perspectives on risk in biology and the life sciences

September 27, 2017

Abstract: Against a backdrop of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of natural origin, fueled by changes in land use and global climate, there is an ongoing revolution in the life sciences...

Biological threats: why the US is 'dangerously vulnerable'

September 27, 2017

Abstract: The threat of biological catastrophes-- stemming from natural, accidental or intentional causes-- looms ever larger as populations urbanize, global temperatures rise, and the access to...

Safe Manipulation in Orbit: Grasping Objects in Space using Gecko-Inspired Adhesives

September 25, 2017

Abstract: As the orbital space around earth becomes increasingly crowded, there is an increasing need to capture and manipulate objects ranging from satellites and antennas to “uncooperative” space...

Projects

Critical Infrastructure Resilience

The Critical Infrastructure Initiative builds the cyber-resilience of critical infrastructure through methodologically diverse outputs-oriented research and engagement with end users and homeland...
English

Reset Nuclear Waste Policy

The “Reset” initiative engages technical experts, government officials and members of the public in a series of focused discussions on the U.S. Waste Management Strategy and Policy.
English

The Security Conundrum Speaker Series

In an age of terrorism, where should a democratic society draw the line on government surveillance?
English

Multimedia

2016 Drell Lecture: William J. Perry - A National Security Walk Around the World

February 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

America’s Nuclear Waste – No Solution in Sight

January 2016

America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal. An international cast of experts explains how the U.S.

Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Contradictions: America's Lessons Learned in Afghanistan

July 2015

Former Ambassador to the U.S. and Karl Eikenberry speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 29, 2015 and reflects on lessons learned from interventions into unstable nations.

People

David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Paul Edwards Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Rob MacCoun Robert MacCoun Senior Fellow Professor of Law
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security
Drew Endy Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
John Mitchell Professor, Computer Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law